The Iran-backed Houthi movement in Yemen said on Monday that Aramco’s oil processing facilities are still within the range of the movement’s attacks and could be targeted at any moment.
In a tweet on his official Twitter account, the movement’s spokesperson, Yahia Sarie, said that drones operating with ordinary and jet engines carried out the recent attacks that hit the facilities of Saudi Arabia’s largest oil company, Aramco.
On Friday, drones attacked two Aramco facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais causing fires which were put out by Saudi Arabia’s security forces.
The movement vowed to expand future operations to become “more painful” to the Saudi regime, adding that Saudi Arabia should stop its “aggression and blockade on Yemen”.
As a result of the attacks, oil production in Abqaiq and Khurais was temporarily knocked out and estimates show that 50% of the company’s production was interrupted.
Despite the Houthis’ announcement of responsibility for the attacks, the United States accused Iran of being behind the attacks which had far reaching impacts on the international oil trade. Iran denied the US’s allegations and announced on Monday that it would cooperate with the United Nations to restore stability in Yemen.
Commenting on the US’s statements, China also said on Monday that “it was irresponsible to hold anyone responsible for the attack without hard facts”.
Since Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen in 2014, the Houthi movement started attacking Saudi Arabian territories particularly the southern areas.