On Tuesday, March 1, Saudi Arabian government officials denied widespread media reports that 30 Saudi tanks had been seen entering Bahrain on Monday night over the 25-km King Fahd Causeway, which links Saudi to Bahrain. The news had reportedly affected global energy prices, sending the price of brent crude up nearly $1 per barrel to $112.80.
On the same day, however, the Bahraini government admitted to the existence of the tanks — although it insisted that the vehicles in question had been of Bahraini, not Saudi, origin.
“There are no Saudi Arabian tanks in Bahrain,” Bahrain’s information ministry said in a statement on Tuesday. The statement went on to claim that the tanks identified in news reports as having crossed the border Monday evening were Bahraini tanks returning from Kuwait, where they had taken part in national day celebrations.
“Tanks identified Monday evening were Bahraini tanks returning from Kuwait National Day celebrations, where military from several allied countries participated in an event commemorating Kuwait’s liberation in 1991,” the statement noted.
Kuwait National Day, which commemorates Kuwait’s liberation from the British in 1961, falls on February 25. Kuwait Liberation Day, which commemorates the liberation of Kuwait from Iraqi occupation in 1991, falls on February 26.