US President Donald Trump said that he’s sure that Iran is responsible for Saturday night’s attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure, but told reporters at the White House on Monday that he wants “to find definitively who did this” before taking any action. Iran has denied any involvement in the incident.
Yemen’s Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for firing ten drones targeting two state-run Aramco oil facilities in Saudi Arabia. The world’s largest oil processing plant in Abqaiq and the kingdom’s second-biggest oil field in Khurais came under attack. As a result, oil production fell by 50%, which is about 5% of the global daily crude supply.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called the latest drone attacks “legitimate self-defence” by Yemen after years of Saudi-led coalition bombings of their country.
“What Yemenis have done is legitimate self-defence, and a reciprocal attack,” Rouhani said on Monday, speaking to reporters in Ankara following talks between the presidents of Turkey, Russia and Iran.
The Shiite Houthi movement has been fighting a Saudi-led coalition since March 2015, when Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations began carrying out airstrikes against the Houthis, attempting to restore the rule of President Mansour Hadi, ousted in 2014.
The conflict in Yemen is also seen as part of a regional power struggle between Shia-ruled Iran and Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia.
Houthis often fire missiles into Saudi Arabia, and in May, they…