UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Saudi Arabia confirmed on Wednesday that the attack on Aramco was “without a doubt” backed by Iran, but not from Yemen but from a location in the north of the kingdom being verified.
“The attack was launched from the north … with the support of Iran, no doubt,” military spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki told a news conference in Riyadh, where the remains of missiles and drones were shown.
“We are continuing our investigation to determine the exact location from which drones and missiles were launched,” he said, adding that the attackers used 18 drones and seven cruise missiles.
The world’s largest oil processing plant at Abqaiq and the Khurais oil field in the east of the kingdom was hit by an unprecedented attack on Saturday, cutting Saudi production.
The Houthi rebels in Yemen, backed by Tehran, claimed responsibility for the attack, saying they carried it out by drones, but a US official said Washington was convinced the operation was launched from Iran.
Maliki did not identify Iran as a source of rocket and aircraft launches.
“Despite Iran’s efforts to show this,” he said, the attack “did not originate from Yemen,” where Saudi Arabia has been fighting the rebels at the head of a military alliance since 2015, ruling out the Houthis being behind the attack.
“The targeting path indicates that (the attack) came from the north,” the military spokesman said.
Parts of the missiles and drones that Maliki said were used in the operation were shown at the press conference.
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