Saudi oil pipeline booster stations targeted by drone attacks

Saudi Says Two of Its Oil Tankers ‘Sabotaged,’ Iran Seeks Clarification

Houthi-run Masirah TV earlier said the group had launched drone attacks on "vital" Saudi installations in response to "continued aggression and blockade" on Yemen.

An early assessment by USA authorities has suggested Iran was behind the attack on tankers off the UAE coast at the port of Fujairah, which Saudi Arabia said had damaged two Saudi vessels, the Wall Street Journal reports, quoting a government official.

Saudi Aramco, which produces and sells oil on behalf of the kingdom, the world's biggest exporter, released a statement on Tuesday saying the attacked pipeline had been temporarily shut down. However, a report from Sky News Arabia, a satellite channel owned by an Abu Dhabi ruling family member, showed the allegedly targeted Saudi tanker Al Marzoqah afloat without any apparent damage.

Investigators sought Tuesday to shed light on a series of mysterious attacks on ships off the coast of the UAE, as President Donald Trump warned Iran against doing anything to harm USA interests.

That incident came after months of increasing diplomatic and economic pressure on Iran, which the US has accused of threatening American interests and allies in the region, including Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Saudi Arabia said explosive-laden drones had struck oil pumping stations in the Riyadh region on Tuesday "in an act of terrorism" - two days after Saudi oil tankers were sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates.

He urged for global efforts to confront all terrorist groups that carry out such acts, including the Houthi militias in Yemen that are allegedly backed by Iran. That too caused little damage, yet can be seen as a clear threat to Saudi Arabia's ability to export oil, via a facility outside of the Strait of Hormuz.

A US official says military experts believe explosives blew holes in four ships off the coast of the United Arab Emirates Sunday, and suspects Iran may be involved but they have no proof.

When asked about the timing of the attacks, which comes amid severe tension between the United States and Iran and reciprocal military threats between the two sides, and about fears of the eruption of war in the region, Al-Bukhaiti considered that Saudi Arabia and the UAE are responsible for pushing towards war.

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The cynical and cowardly attacks on the Gulf energy industry this week, therefore, endanger more than just the security of Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Riyadh said its two tankers suffered "significant damage" but there was no oil spill.

It is not known whether the two incidents are linked.

Iranian officials have denied any involvement in the attacks and have blamed Israel for trying to inflame military tensions between Iran and the United States.

The plan would see up to 120,000 USA troops deployed to the Middle East were Iran to attack American forces or speed up nuclear weapons development, the newspaper said.

Tehran has called the United States military presence "a target" rather than a threat.

Washington has increased sanctions on Tehran, saying it wants to reduce Iranian oil exports to zero, after quitting the 2015 nuclear pact between Iran and global powers a year ago.

China on Monday ignored a warning from U.S. President Donald Trump and moved to impose higher tariffs on a range of U.S. goods including liquefied natural gas.

The pipeline is used to transport oil from fields near the Persian Gulf to a port on the Red Sea, without passing through the Strait of Hormuz. "A mine? We still don't know", she said.

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