Saudis accuse Iran of ordering Yemen Houthi oil attack

Saudi Arabia's deputy defence minister, Khalid bin Salman, on Thursday (May 16th) accused Iran of ordering drone attacks on two of its oil pumping stations that were claimed by Yemen's Houthis (Ansarallah), AFP reported.

Tuesday's "attack by the Iranian-backed Houthi militias against the two Aramco pumping stations proves that these militias are merely a tool that Iran's regime uses to implement its expansionist agenda in the region", the prince said on Twitter.

"The terrorist acts, ordered by the regime in Tehran, and carried out by the Houthis, are tightening the noose around the ongoing political efforts," he said.

Arab coalition warplanes struck Houthi targets in Sanaa on Thursday, two days after the insurgents claimed responsibility for the drone attacks that shut a key oil pipeline in the kingdom.

The Saudi state minister for foreign affairs, Adel al-Jubeir, said in a tweet that the Houthis were "sacrificing the need of the Yemeni people for the benefit of Iran".

"The Houthis are an indivisible part of Iran's [Islamic] Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)... and subject to the IRGC's orders. This is confirmed by the Houthis targeting facilities in the kingdom," he said.

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