KSA joins maritime protection mission

Reuters . Cairo | Published: 14:03, Sep 18,2019


Traditional Omani boats known as dhows, and cargo ships are seen sailing towards the Strait of Hormuz, off the coast of Musandam province in Oman on July 21, 2018. — Reuters file photo

Saudi Arabia has joined an international maritime mission to protect commercial shipping in the Strait of Hormuz and other areas, Saudi state media reported on Wednesday, citing an official source in the defence ministry.

The ​​operation area for the International Maritime Security Construct covers the Strait of Hormuz, Bab al-Mandab, the Sea of ​​Oman and the Arabian Gulf, the report added.

Several international merchant vessels have been attacked in the Gulf this year in incidents that have rocked the world commodities trading. Washington blames Iran, which denies the accusation.

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