Two large explosions target tankers in the Gulf of Oman

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The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations, which is run by the British navy, put out the alert but did not elaborate on the incident. It said it was investigating.

Cmdr. Joshua Frey, a spokesman for the US Navy’s Bahrain-based 5th Fleet, said his command was “aware” of a reported incident in the area. He declined to elaborate. “We are working on getting details,” Frey told The Associated Press.

According to Reuters, the US Fifth Fleet later said it received distress calls from two ships attacked in Sea of Oman. It said that the US Navy ships are in the area and are rendering assistance. US Naval forces are assisting tankers in the Gulf of Oman after receiving two distress calls on Thursday, the US Navy’s Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet said.

“We are aware of the reported attack on tankers in the Gulf of Oman. US Naval Forces in the region received two separate distress calls at 6:12a.m. local time and a second one at 7:00 a.m.,” Joshua Frey of the Fifth Fleet said. The area is near the Strait of Hormuz, a major strategic waterway through which a fifth of global oil consumption passes from Middle East producers.