A SERIES of drone attacks on the world's largest oil plant in Saudi Arabia are set to send petrol prices in the UK soaring amid drastic cuts to supply. But who launched the attacks that experts claim are the "equivalent of 9/11" to the global oil industry, and what happened? Who launched the drone attacks? Fires raged at at an oil plant in Abqaiq, Bugayg, and the country's second largest oilfield in Khurais after Tehran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen fired a flurry of rockets. Giant plumes of thick black smoke could be seen coming from the oil facility.A military spokesperson for the Yemeni rebels claimed responsibility for the strike on Saudi Arabia's state-owned oil giant, Aramco. But the US shared what it claims is new evidence, including satellite photos, "proving" Iran is to blame for the attacks. The photos show what officials said were at least 19 points of impact at two Saudi energy facilities, including damage at the heart of the crucial oil processing plant at Abqaiq. … [Read more...] about Who launched the drone attack on oil plants in Saudi Arabia?
Houthi attack on oil tanker
Yemen's Houthi movement launched an attack on Abha civilian airport in southern Saudi Arabia on Sunday that killed one person and wounded 21 others, the Saudi-led coalition battling the group in Yemen said. Houthi-run Al-Masirah TV earlier said that the Iran-aligned movement had targeted Abha and Jizan airports in the south of the kingdom with drones attacks. "A terrorist attack by the Iran-backed Houthi militia targeted Abha airport, killing a Syrian resident and wounding 21 civilians," the coalition said in a statement carried on Saudi state television. It did not confirm an attack on Jizan airport. Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV said a suspected drone hit the parking lot in Abha airport, which is about 200 km (125 miles) north of the Yemen border and serves domestic and regional routes. Saudi state TV said flights had resumed at the airport, where operations were now running normally. Earlier this month, a Houthi missile hit Abha airport in a strike that wounded 26 people. The … [Read more...] about Number of injured rises to 21 in Houthi attack on Saudi airport
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf (all times local): 2:25 p.m. Egypt is strongly condemning two drone attacks by Yemeni rebels, known as Houthis, that targeted airports in southwestern Saudi Arabia. An Egyptian Foreign Ministry statement on Sunday called the attacks "wanton aggressions." The Houthis claimed late Saturday night that they'd attacked airports in the cities of Abha and Jizan. Saudi Arabia said early Sunday that it had shot down one Houthi drone. Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of arming the Houthi rebels, which Tehran denies. Egypt backs the Saudi-led military coalition of mostly Arab states that has been at war against the Houthis in Yemen since 2015. The attacks come just days after the rebels said they launched a cruise missile that struck the Abha airport. Saudi Arabia said that attack on Wednesday wounded 26 people. ___ 10:45 a.m. The Norwegian-owned oil tanker Front Altair, which caught fire after being apparently … [Read more...] about The Latest: Egypt slams Houthi attack on 2 Saudi airports
ADVERTISING Read more “It is the assessment of the United States government that the Islamic Republic of Iran is responsible for the attacks that occurred in the Gulf of Oman today,” U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters in a brief appearance without providing hard evidence to back up the U.S. stance.“This assessment is based on intelligence, the weapons used, the level of expertise needed to execute the operation, recent similar Iranian attacks on shipping, and the fact that no proxy group operating in the area has the resources and proficiency to act with such a high degree of sophistication,” Pompeo said.Washington accused Tehran of being behind a similar attack on May 12 on four tankers in the same area, a vital shipping route through which much of the world’s oil passes. Tensions between Iran and the United States, along with its allies including Saudi Arabia, have risen since U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of a deal last … [Read more...] about US blames Iran for attacks on oil tankers in Gulf of Oman
JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Arab leaders gather in Saudi Arabia on Thursday for emergency summits that Riyadh hopes will deliver a strong message to Iran that regional powers will defend their interests against any threat following attacks on Gulf oil assets this month. Saudi and the United Arab Emirates, which have lobbied Washington to contain their foe Iran, have said they want to avoid war after drone strikes on oil pumping stations in the kingdom and the sabotage of oil tankers off the UAE coast. Riyadh accused Tehran of ordering the drone strikes, which were claimed by Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group. A top U.S. security official said Iranian mines were “almost certainly” used in the tanker operation. Tehran denies any involvement. Saudi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Assaf told a gathering of his counterparts in Jeddah ahead of the summits that the attacks must be addressed with “strength and firmness”. “While summit leaders are likely … [Read more...] about Saudi Arabia gathers Arab leaders over attacks on oil assets