Attack on Saudi oil facilities came from inside Iran - US reports

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The attack on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities came from inside Iran, according to US media reports.

An NBC report cites two US officials familiar with the latest intelligence as saying that a series of low-altitude cruise missiles were fired from at least one location in the west of the country

The Abqaiq facility and the Khurais oil field were attacked in the early hours of Saturday, leading to a reduction of more than half in Saudi Arabia's daily oil exports - more than 5% of the world's daily production.Houthi rebels, who are backed by Iran in a civil war in Yemen, said they were responsible.

However, senior US officials said intelligence showed the strike was inconsistent with one launched from Yemen, instead pointing to it originating in Iraq or Iran.He wrote on Twitter:"US is in denial if it thinks that Yemeni victims of 4.5 yrs of the worst war crimes wouldn't do all to strike back. "Perhaps it's embarrassed that $100s of blns of its arms didn't intercept Yemeni fire. But blaming Iran won't change that.Also on Tuesday, the Saudi minister of media, Turki bin Abdullah Al-Shabanah, told the country's press agency the attacks were aimed at"threatening international peace and security and global energy supplies and is an extension of previous acts of aggression on Saudi Aramco's pumping stations involving the use of Iranian weapons".

He added:"[Saudi] cabinet members called on the international community to shoulder its responsibility in condemning those behind these egregious attacks."

 

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