The Saudi Government exhibits the weapons allegedly used against oil facilities – REUTERS / HAMAD I MOHAMMED
RIAD, 18 (Reuters / EP)
The Government of Saudi Arabia has considered “undeniable” that Iran is responsible for the attack carried out on September 14 against two oil facilities and has exposed the remains of weapons that would allegedly support this accusation.
A spokesman for the Saudi Ministry of Defense, Turki al Malki, told the media that 25 drones and cruise missiles were used to attack the two refineries last Saturday. It is, he added, unmanned devices of the Delta Wing type and 'Ya Ali' missiles, used by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.
“The attack was launched from the north and was undoubtedly sponsored by Iran,” added this spokesman, who sees it impossible that the aggression could be the work of the Huthi rebels despite claiming authorship. According to Al Malki, the Yemeni insurgency is only “covering up” its main international ally.
“The evidence (…) that lies ahead makes it undeniable,” said the Saudi spokesman, who said that the Jurais facilities were attacked only with missiles and that, for Abqaiq, air vehicles were also used Unmanned
The Iranian authorities have denied any involvement in the attacks and have denounced a network of lies woven by the United States, the first country to point to Tehran after the attacks.
In this regard, Hesamedín Ashena, an advisor to the Iranian Presidency, stressed that “the press conference (of Al Malki) shows that Saudi Arabia knows nothing about where the missiles and drones were made and from where they were fired.”
In a message on his Twitter social network account, Ashena added that the Saudi authorities “have not explained why the country's defense system failed to intercept them.”
For their part, the Huthi rebels have insisted on their authorship and have defended their right to respond to the operations carried out in Yemen by the coalition that leads Saudi Arabia.
A spokesman for the Yemeni insurgency said Wednesday that Saudi Arabia has falsified the evidence to hide the damage caused at the Aramco oil facility. “The destruction … is much greater than what they have recognized,” he said, according to the related chain Al Masirah.
One of the attacked facilities is located in Abqaiq, near Damman, in the Eastern Province, while the other is located in the Hijrat Jurais oil field.
The insurgents – who have the support of Tehran in the context of the conflict in Yemen – already warned on Monday that the facilities of the Saudi state oil company remain a target that could be attacked “at any time.”