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Saudis suspend oil shipments via Bab el-Mandeb after attack

Saudi Arabia has halted oil shipments via the Bab el-Mandeb Strait after two tankers were attacked by a militia.

Photo: Hasan Jamali/AP/Polfoto/Arkiv

Saudi Arabia took the extraordinary measure of temporarily halting oil shipments via the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, a key shipping lane for crude at the southern tip of the Red Sea, after two tankers were attacked by the Yemeni Houthi militia.

The two vessels, each carrying 2 million barrels of oil, belong to the Saudi National Shipping Co., Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said in a statement posted online. One of the two was hit and suffered minor damage; there were no injuries or spills as a result.

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