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UN condemns attack on oil infrastructure in Saudi Arabia

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — UN Secretary General António Guterres condemned the drone attack on oil facilities in eastern Saudi Arabia, according to a statement by the spokesman for Secretary General Stephane Dujarric.

A fire broke out on Saturday night at the Abkaik refinery in eastern Saudi Arabia and the Khurais refinery east of the capital of Riyadh, owned by the state-owned oil and gas company Saudi Aramco.

Hussite Yemeni rebels later claimed that two Saudi refineries were attacked by fighters of their movement using ten unmanned aerial vehicles. At the same time, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that there is no evidence that the attack came from Yemen, and blamed Iran directly on it.

“The Secretary-General condemns the Saturday attack on Aramco’s oil facilities in the eastern province of Saudi Arabia, for which the Hussites claimed responsibility,” the statement said.

According to Dujarric, the UN Secretary General calls on all parties to exercise maximum restraint, to prevent any escalation amid increased tension and to respect international humanitarian law.

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