Houthis confirm they launch attacks of Aramco and will strike UAE if it escalates its military operations

Sana,a (Debriefer)
2019-09-17 | Since 3 Month

Brigadier Yahya Saree

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The spokesman for the Houthi forces, Brigadier Yahya Saree, on Tuesday reiterated that his group attacked Saudi Aramco oil facilities in eastern Saudi Arabia, while the United States accused Iran of carrying out the attacks.

He said in a statement to the London daily "Rai Al-Youm", that the ten drones that attacked Abqaiq and Khurais made in Yemen and flown from Yemeni territory." He explained that these drones are equipped with jet engines and manufactured with materials that can not be monitored by Saudi radars, however sophisticated.

The Houthi group in Yemen has claimed responsibility for the attacks on the Saudi Aramco oil facilities, affecting a half of its production.

A senior US official has blamed on Sunday Iran for the attacks, saying there was no evidence they were launched from Yemen.

United States officials have said that Iran was responsible for the attacks on Saturday, the most audacious and damaging blow to Saudi Arabia in the four and a half years of Yemen’s civil war, and have cast doubt on whether they were launched from Houthi territory in Yemen.

The Houthi military spokesman added: "There are controllers somewhere in Yemen that supervise the direction of the drones. We don't lie, we have the courage to tell the whole truth without frills."

Saree confirmed that his group has honest collaborators from within Saudi Arabia and from within the regime itself in some cases.

The group said that the attacks on the facilities Abqaiq and Khurais "came after a careful intelligence operation and pre-monitoring and cooperation of honorable and free within the Kingdom."

Regarding to the non-targeting UAE, the main partner in the Arab coalition, by Houthi forces, Saree said: "The UAE has reduced its participation in air raids in the context of coalition attacks, just as it has reduced its presence in Yemen."

But he said: "But if we (the UAE) take any escalation, we will respond as much as we do to Saudi Arabia, which we are targeting because they are leading the coalition in the war, this is if our response is not greater.".

Several questions have been raised as to why the Houthis' military escalation is limited to Saudi Arabia only, including critical military, economic and vital targets and the failure to implement a similar escalation targeting the UAE, being the second major country participating in the Saudi-led Arab coalition to support "legitimacy" in Yemen against the Houthis.

The military spokesman of Houthis revealed that his group will announce an upcoming major military operation that will control 500 square kilometers of Saudi territory and capture thousands of prisoners.


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