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After Attack On Oil Tankers, Crew Arrives In Dubai: NPR



Mariners from the MT Front Altair arrive at Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Saturday.
                
                
                    
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Mariners from the MT Front Altair arrive at Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Saturday.
            
        

Explosion blasted through two oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz, the crew of one of the vessels arrived Saturday in Dubai, according to The Associated Press.

The workers' recollections of the Thursday explosion could potentially help back up or refute the US claim that Iran is to blame. The nation's capital of Tehran denies the accusation.

Though the cause of the explosions is not yet clear, Gulf countries are tightening their security measures on the Strait of Hormuz, and the oil tankers were a key topic of conversation as world energy ministers with Saturday in Japan

The 10 employees working on the Norwegian-owned MT Front Altair landed in Dubai following two days in Iran, the AP reports.

The Front Altair caught four after what the US described as an attack with limpet mines, AP reports. These are mines that exist to the sides of ships. Black smoke billowed off the tanker, and a passing ship rescued from the tanker, according to the AP.

The manager of the ship said it's treating the incident as a "hostile attack," according to Bloomberg.

The Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous was also struck. The president of the Kokuka Sangyo company operating the ship said he saw something flying toward the vessel, and did not believe the ship was attacked by a mine or torpedo, NPR's Bill Chappell, Peter Kenyon and Scott Neuman reported.

The Pentagon released a grainy video Friday showing what it says is a Iranian boat recovering from the side of a Japanese vessel.

European countries have split over whether there is sufficient evidence to support the US position that Iran is behind the attacks.

"You'd think it would be pretty obvious who is responsible for this, when we actually have video evidence that shows what the Iranians have been doing," said British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas says he wants more proof of Iran's role.

"The video is not enough. We can understand what is being shown, but to make a final assessment, this is not enough for me," Maas said, according to Reuters.


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