Antonio Guterres condemns attacks on commercial vessels, Saudi oil facilities

NEW YORK, 16th May, 2019 (WAM) — UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condemned the recent attacks on commercial vessels off the coast of the United Arab Emirates and stressed the need for further investigation to determine the facts and hold accountable the perpetrators, according to his spokesperson.

Stephane Dujarric told a briefing in New York, that the Secretary-General has also condemned the drone attacks on oil facilities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, for which the Houthis have claimed responsibility.

The spokesperson said that he has been asked in recent days about the different developments in the Gulf, and that he can say that the “Secretary-General is following with growing concern recent incidents and hardening rhetoric in the Gulf region, which threaten to further destabilise an already volatile situation.”

The UN Secretary-General has recalled that attacks targeting civilian infrastructure violate international humanitarian law, and also called upon all actors to exercise maximum restraint and prevent any escalation amid heightened tensions, the spokesperson added.

WAM//Hazem Hussein/MOHD AAMIR

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