Saudi Arabia Claims Iran-Backed Houthis Staged Drone Attack on Oil Facilities

Breitbart | 5/15/2019 | Staff
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Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday that drones laden with explosives, evidently launched from Yemen by the Iran-backed Houthi insurgency, attacked two of its oil pumping stations.

A team of U.S. military investigators reportedly believes Iran or its proxies orchestrated the bomb attacks on four commercial vessels anchored off the coast of the United Arab Emirates on Sunday, two of them Saudi oil tankers.

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Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih linked the drone attacks to the tanker bombings, describing them as a plot to jeopardize the world’s oil supply.

“These attacks prove again that it is important for us to face terrorist entities, including the Houthi militias in Yemen that are backed by Iran,” he said.

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Falih denounced the drone attack as “cowardly” and an “act of terrorism.”

The foreign ministry of the United Arab Emirates also condemned the attack as “new proof of the Houthis’ hostile and terrorist tendencies.” Bahrain’s foreign ministry denounced it as a “cowardly” threat against “the safety of the world’s energy supply.”

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A statement from the Saudi Aramco oil company described the damage as minimal and quickly contained:

Saudi Aramco responded to a fire at East West Pipeline Pump station 8 which was caused by a sabotage incident using armed drones which targeted pump stations 8 and 9. As a precautionary measure, the company temporarily shut down the pipeline, and contained the fire which caused minor damage to pump station 8. Saudi Aramco confirms that no injuries or fatalities have been reported. Saudi Aramco’s oil and gas supplies have not been impacted as a result of this incident.

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Oil prices nevertheless jumped on Tuesday morning after news of the drone attack coming soon after the weekend’s oil tanker sabotage.

Houthi-run media in Yemen took credit for the attack, portraying it as a “big military operation” against “vital” Saudi oil facilities carried out in response to the...
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