Yemen's Houthis threatened to carry out an even larger and broader attack in the interior regions of Saudi Arabia following the armed drone attacks on Tuesday, Iran-backed Houthis said late Tuesday.
The Houthis military spokesperson Yahya Saree confirmed in a written statement that armed drones carried out the biggest attacks in the inner regions since the start of operations in Saudi Arabia.
As a result of air attacks on the vital facilities in the towns of Dawadmi in the Riyadh province and Afif in Saudi's central Najd region, which according to Saree was organized with 'very careful observation and the support of collaborators in the region', oil pipeline shipments and Saudi Arabia's economy were directly affected.
He argued that the solution in the region is to stop attacks on Yemen otherwise he said, 'we can organize bigger and wider attacks in the inner regions of hostile countries [Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates].
- Attacks on oil-pumping stations in Saudi Arabia
Late Sunday, Saudi Arabian Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid al-Falih announced that two oil tankers were sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The attack came after the UAE's announcement that four commercial ships from various countries were targeted through sabotage operations off the coast of the port city of Fujairah.
However, these statements have yet to be clarified as to whether the attacks refer to two separate incidents or not.
Later on Tuesday, the Houthis' Al-Masirah television channel claimed that rebels carried out seven air attacks on the Saudi oil-pumping stations.
The Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih also said Tuesday that armed drones carried out attacks on two oil-pumping stations on the East-West pipeline, which carries Saudi oil from the eastern province to the port on the west coast.
Al-Falih stated that Saudi Aramco had halted pipeline operations on the East-West pipeline to assess damage and undertake repairs, but confirmed that crude oil and other products were being exported without interruption.
Late Tuesday, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, the UAE, Bahrain, Yemen, Tunisia, Djibouti, Sudan and Lebanon, as well as the Arab League, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Al-Azhar, along with the Arab Parliament condemned the attacks on the oil-pumping stations.
Reporting by Muhammed es-Samii in Sana and Adil Abdurrahim in Cairo
Additional reporting and writing by Firdevs Yuksel