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White House Will ‘Continue to Assess’ Tanker Attacks in Oman

The attacks sent oil prices surging

The Trump administration is evaluating reports of suspected attacks that damaged two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman and sent oil prices surging.

“We are aware of reports of an attack on ships in the Gulf of Oman. The U.S. government is providing assistance and will continue to assess the situation,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in an email Thursday.

The Bahrain-based U.S. Fifth Fleet said it received two separate distress signals at 6:12 a.m. and about 7:00 a.m. local time. “U.S. Navy ships are in the area and are rendering assistance,” Commander Josh Frey, a spokesman, said. He couldn’t confirm reports that one of the attacks was caused by a torpedo. Iran said it has rescued 44 sailors.

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