In letter to UNSC..Saudi Arabia blames, Iran, Houthis for attack on oil facility

New York (Debriefer)
2019-05-16 | Since 3 Month

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Saudi Arabia on Wednesday accused Iran and the Houthis group (Ansar Allah) of Yemen of responsibility for an attack on oil facilities in western Riyadh on Wednesday in a letter to the UN Security Council.

According to Saudi Arabia's Al Arabiya TV, the letter, delivered by permanent UN representative Abdullah bin Yahya al-Maalami, said that "the militias used seven drones in the attack,"

Yemeni Houthis group (Ansar Allah) said on Tuesday that seven drones have targeted two oil pumping stations in the Saudi Arabia depth in direct targeting of the Saudi economy.

The Houthi group has threatened to launch more qualitative and cruel strikes if the Saudi-led Arab coalition forces continue to support the Yemen's internationally recognized government in its fifth consecutive war against the Iranian-backed Houthis.

Saudi Arabia has recognized the attack as a "terrorist act" targeting global oil supplies, but no one has been blamed for the attack.

Saudi Arabia said explosive-laden drones had struck oil pumping stations in the Riyadh region on Tuesday.

A spokesman for the Saudi State Security Presidency said that "limited targeting" took place between 6:00 am and 6:30 am on Tuesday morning in two oil pumping stations belonging to Aramco in Dawadmi province and Afif province in Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates also sent a joint letter to the Security Council and António Guterres Secretary-Generalofthe United Nations on the attack and sabotage last Sunday on four oil tankers in the UAE's economic waters in the Sea of Oman.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE), the main partner of the Arab Coalition, announced on Sunday that four merchant ships of different nationalities were subjected to "subversive operations" near the emirate of Fujairah in UAE territorial waters. Saudi Arabia later revealed that two of its oil tankers were targets of sabotage.

Yemen has been battered by a five-year armedconflict the internationally recognised government backed by a Saudi-led Arab coalition and the Iran-backed Houthis.

The conflict in Yemen has created the world's worst humanitarian crisis. The country is on the brink of famine, and an estimated 80 percent of Yemenis, or 24 million people, are in need of aid, according to the UN.

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