Saudi Arabian oil infrastructure targeted by Iranian-backed Houthi drones
Two oil pumping stations have been attacked by drones in Saudi Arabia, Minister of Energy, Industry, and Mineral Resources Khalid bin Al-Falih said on Tuesday.
According to the minister, the attack, which resulted in a fire at station No. 8, occurred between 6.00 a.m. and 6.30 a.m. local time on Tuesday.
The minister slammed the attack as a “cowardly act of terrorism” targeted against Saudi Arabia and the global economy, stressing the need to counter terror groups, including “Iran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen.”
The attack comes shortly after Iranian-backed Yemen’s Houthi terrorists said they had launched attacks on installations in Saudi Arabia and a day after two Saudi oil tankers were attacked near United Arab Emirates territorial waters.
A US official said Monday that an American military team’s initial assessment is that Iranian or Iranian-backed proxies used explosives to blow large holes in four ships anchored off the coast of the UAE.
President Donald Trump has received a plan from some of his top aides that suggests sending up to 120,000 troops to the Middle East if Iran attacked US troops.
The troops would also be sent if Iran accelerated work on their nuclear project towards progress on building a nuclear bomb, the New York Times reported.
Heavy aerial activity has been reported for the second day over Israel, though unclear if related to the American buildup in the Persian Gulf.
“What happened in the Israeli airspace on Monday was unprecedented in the Israeli air force, we have seen many unilateral or joint exercises and we have seen the intensity of the IAF aircraft before but we did not see that time in flight for more than 16 hours non-stop”, Intel-Sky Middle East and Mediterranean airspace observer tweeted.
A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards terror group commander said on Sunday that the U.S. military presence in the Gulf used to be a serious threat but now represents a target, the Iranian Students News Agency reported.
“An aircraft carrier that has at least 40 to 50 planes on it and 6,000 forces gathered within it was a serious threat for us in the past but now it is a target and the threats have switched to opportunities,” said Muslim terrorist Amirali Hajizadeh, head of the IRGC’s aerospace division.
“If [the Americans] make a move, we will hit them in the head,” he added, according to ISNA.