Wednesday, 27 October 2021

Yemen’s rebels threaten to attack UAE

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Yemen’s Houthi rebels are threatening to attack the United Arab Emirates, days after they claimed attacks on key oil facilities in Saudi Arabia.

Yahia Sarie, a spokesman for the Houthi forces, told a press conference Wednesday that they have “dozens of targets” in the UAE that “could be targeted at any time.”

Saudi Arabia and the UAE have fought a yearslong war in Yemen that’s killed tens of thousands of people.

He also alleged that they used “other drones to disrupt the enemy so the main drones can reach the target” during Saturday’s attacks.

The pre-dawn strikes hit a Saudi oil field and the world’s largest crude oil processing plant, disrupting the kingdom’s oil production.

The Saudi military has shown journalists what they describe as an Iranian cruise missile and drones used in an attack this weekend that targeted the heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry.

Saudi officials showed journalists the material at a news conference Wednesday in Riyadh, the kingdom’s capital.

They said the cruise missile, which had what appeared to be a jet engine attached to it, was a land attack cruise missile that failed to explode.

On Saturday, an attack struck the world’s biggest oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia, as well as an oil field. Though Yemen’s Houthi rebels claimed the assault, the U.S. alleges Iran was behind it.

Tehran has denied being involved and warned the U.S. it would retaliate “immediately” if targeted over it.

A Saudi military spokesman says an attack on its oil industry came “from the north.”

Col. Turki al-Maliki did not elaborate, but to the north across the Persian Gulf is Iraq and Iran.

He spoke at a news conference Wednesday in Riyadh, the kingdom’s capital.

Al-Maliki said the attack was “unquestionable sponsored by Iran.”

On Saturday, an attack struck the world’s biggest oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia, as well as an oil field. Though Yemen’s Houthi rebels claimed the assault, the U.S. alleges Iran was behind it.

Tehran has denied being involved and warned the U.S. it would retaliate “immediately” if targeted over it.

The International Energy Agency says oil markets remain well supplied and that it’s not yet considered releasing emergency stocks of crude to offset the drop in output caused by the weekend attacks on Saudi oil installations.

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