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US, France, and Norway involved in investigation of attacks on ships in Gulf

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Three Western countries will be part of an investigation into mysterious “sabotage attacks” on ships in the Gulf, an Emirati official told AFP on Tuesday.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the United States, France and Norway would be involved in the investigation along with the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

The UAE’s foreign ministry had announced on Sunday that four commercial vessels were targeted by “acts of sabotage” near the territorial waters of the UAE.

Two of the four commercial vessels that were targeted by “acts of sabotage” near the UAE’s territorial waters were from Saudi Arabia, while the other two were from the UAE and Norway, reported Al Arabiya’s correspondent.

The UAE’s foreign ministry said in its statement, published on WAM state news agency, that the concerned authorities have taken all the necessary measures, and are investigating the circumstances of the incident in cooperation with local and international bodies.

A US official had said on Monday that an American military team’s initial assessment is that Iranian or Iranian-backed proxies used explosives on Sunday to blow large holes in four ships anchored off the coast of the UAE.

The official said each ship has a 5- to 10-foot hole in it, near or just below the water line, and the team’s early belief is that the holes were caused by explosive charges. The team of US military experts was sent to investigate the damages at the request of the UAE, but American officials have not provided any details about what exactly happened.