Iran’s Rouhani says Yemenis attacked Saudi oil sites as ‘warning’

(From left) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani leave after a press conference following a trilateral meeting on Syria, in Ankara September 16, 2019. — AFP pic
(From left) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani leave after a press conference following a trilateral meeting on Syria, in Ankara September 16, 2019. — AFP pic

TEHRAN, Sept 18 — Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said today Yemenis targeted Saudi oil facilities as a “warning” about a possible wider war in response to the kingdom’s US-backed intervention in their conflict-ravaged country.

“The Yemenis... haven’t hit a hospital, they haven’t hit a school, they haven’t hit Sanaa bazaar. They just hit an industrial centre... to warn you,” Rouhani said after a cabinet meeting.

“Learn lessons from this warning and consider that there could be a war in the region,” he said, in a likely address to the rulers of Saudi Arabia which has spent billions of dollars on US weapons.

Yemen’s Iran-aligned Huthi rebels claimed responsibility for the strikes but a US official said yesterday that the administration of President Donald Trump concluded the attacks involved cruise missiles from Iran.

Saudi Arabia, which has been bogged down in a five-year war in Yemen, has said the weapons used in the attacks were Iranian-made but has not directly blamed its regional arch-rival.

Tehran has repeatedly denied accusations from Washington and Riyadh that it arms the Huthis.

Saturday’s attacks on Saudi energy giant Aramco’s Abqaiq processing plant and Khurais oil field halved the kingdom’s oil output. — AFP

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