Saudi Colonel Turki al Maliki, spokesman for the Saudi Arabia-led international coalition for the war in Yemen, has accused Iran of supplying the Houthis with the weapons used in the attack on the oil facilities in the port of Ras Tanura last Sunday were used.
During an appearance on Monday, Al Maliki pointed out that the Saudi army and its partners have intercepted 353 ballistic missiles, 550 drones and 62 explosive devices from the Houthis since the beginning of the war in Yemen (late 2014).
The colonel has assured that, according to Al Arabiya, the rebels “do not respect international law”.
In the face of these attacks, the Saudi military has indicated the country is able to “protect Saudi economic facilities” and ensure that the country’s armed forces are “able to intercept” air and missile threats.
Last Sunday, a rebel drone attacked the Ras Tanura oil factory and later the Houthis launched a ballistic missile in a neighborhood where, according to Saudi Arabia, thousands of Aramco oil company employees live or in person.
Last month, the Houthis stepped up their operations against Saudi Arabia and on the ground, and intensified the siege of Marib province.
During this particular operation, a Houthi military spokesman, Yehia Serae, assured that 14 drones and eight ballistic missiles were deployed and warned of “more painful” military operations on Saudi territory.