Saudi Arabia joins maritime protection mission: State news agency
18 Sep 2019
Traditional Omani boats known as dhows, and cargo ships are seen sailing towards the Strait of Hormuz, off the coast of Musandam province, Oman. File photo/ Reuters
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 said.
Several international merchant vessels have been attacked in the Gulf this year in incidents that have rocked world commodities trading. Washington blames Iran, which denies the accusation.