Iran's Rouhani says Yemenis attacked Saudi oil sites as 'warning'

Iran's Rouhani says Yemenis attacked Saudi oil sites as 'warning'
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18 September, 2019
Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for the strikes but a US official said on Tuesday that the Trump administration concluded the attacks involved cruise missiles from Iran.
Tehran has repeatedly denied accusations from Washington and Riyadh that it arms the Houthis [Getty]
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that the Yemenis targeted Saudi oil facilities as a "warning" about a possible wider war in response to the kingdom's US-backed intervention in the 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 Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for the strikes but a US official said on Tuesday 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 Houthis.

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

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