The oil installations in Saudi Arabia were hit by Iranian drones last Saturday, and the attack was not carried out from Yemen. That said Monday a spokesman for the Saudi Arabia-led coalition of countries fighting the Houthi rebels in Yemen.
The spokesperson says that the drones are now being investigated from where, but it is certain that it is not from Houthi. The leadership of the Houthi rebels in Yemen announced earlier that they had caused the fires at the oil installations by sending ten attack drones to the oil factories. The Houthis said they did this because the Saudis are involved in the civil war that the rebels have been waging in Yemen for four years.
Oil installations in Abqaiq and Khurais were probably hit by several drones on Saturday. Previously, the United States, which supports the international coalition, had already released satellite images that would show that the installations were hit at least nineteen times. According to government officials, the impact of the weapons shows that they come from the northwest, from the direction of Iran and Iraq. The part of Yemen controlled by Houthi's is located in the southwest of the oil refineries.
Satellite image of the Abqaiq refinery, released by the United States. (Photo: DigitalGlobe)
"Guilt is with Iran"
The American ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft told the members of the Security Council on Monday that the evidence is getting stronger that Iran is behind the attacks. "Once that has been determined, we will consult with our allies on how to proceed in a responsible manner," said Craft.
The American foreign minister Mike Pompeo had previously blamed Iran, also without providing any evidence. "Among all the calls for de-escalation, Iran has launched an unprecedented attack on the world's energy supply," he said on Twitter on Saturday. He also writes that Tehran "is behind nearly a hundred attacks on Saudi Arabia," while President Rouhani and Minister Zarif act as if they were conducting diplomacy.
US President Donald Trump did not name Iran by name in a tweet last Sunday, but did suggest a military attack as soon as it was clear who committed the attacks.
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"Blind accusations are incomprehensible"
Iran rejects the accusations. "Such fruitless and blind accusations are incomprehensible and meaningless," said the Iranian Foreign Ministry. Iraq is also mentioned as a possible perpetrator by Saudi and American government officials. This country also denies involvement.
Abqaiq's oil field in the northeast of the country is home to the world's largest oil refinery. The field in Khurais, between the capital Riyadh and the Persian Gulf, is one of the most important oil fields in the country. Aramco, the world's largest exporter of crude oil, halved its oil production. As a result, crude oil prices rose by more than 10 percent at the start of Monday's trading day in Asia.
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