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Saudi Arabia declares Iran is behind drone attack on oil plant after ‘locked and loaded’ Trump blamed Tehran – but Iran-backed Houthi rebels insist they were behind attack and threaten more strikes

 

  • Saudi Arabia blames Iran for attack on refinery and oil field that hit global supply
  • Military spokesman said preliminary investigation shows weapons were Iranian-made and were not fired from Yemen, as Houthi rebels have claimed
  • Comes after Trump said US was ‘locked and loaded depending on verification’ 
  • Tehran has denied responsibility, calling suggestions to the contrary ‘baseless’

Saudi Arabia said today that Iran is directly responsible for drone attacks on an oil field and refinery at the weekend which have disrupted global supplies.

Colonel Turki al-Malki said initial investigations show the strikes were not launched from Yemen, as the Iran-backed Houthi rebels there have claimed, and were carried out using weapons manufactured by Tehran.

He did not say what evidence Saudi Arabia has uncovered directly linking Iran to the strikes, but promised it would be made public when the probe has finished.

It comes after President Trump tweeted that the US was ‘locked and loaded depending on verification’, suggesting that he was waiting for confirmation from Riyadh before acting.

However, the US is convinced that Iran is to blame.

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