Few days after two explosions occurred on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, the continuous attacks on oil firms in the region has spread a panic situation. In a recent attack, a rocket landed at the headquarters of several global oil companies in Iraq’s southern city of Basra on Wednesday (June 19).
Its, worth mentioning that the site is home to a number of international oil giants, including US firm ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell PLC, and Italian Eni SpA. Other companies operating at the site include Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Italy’s Eni SpA, the oil officials said.
Local security official has confirmed the evacuation of 21 foreign staff in the immediate aftermath of the incident. Workers of the foreign companies were not on site at the time but still in their sleeping quarters, said another Iraqi official. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. Washington has ramped up sanctions pressure on Iran in recent months and says it has sent additional forces to the region over tension with the Islamic Republic.
It blames Tehran for attacks on tankers in the Gulf of Oman last week. Tehran denies it was involved. Both sides say they do not want war, but analysts warn such incidents could escalate violence in the region.
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19 July, 2019