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US prepares response to attack on Saudi oil facilities (Pentagon)

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The US is working with partners to respond to an “unprecedented attack” on Saudi oil facilities, Pentagon chief Mark Esper said Monday.

“The United States military, together with an interagency group, is working with our partners to respond to this unprecedented attack and defend a rule-based world order undermined by Iran,” he wrote on his Twitter.

According to him, he had just been at a meeting where he informed US President Donald Trump about the situation.

On Saturday night, fires occurred at two oil refineries in Saudi Arabia due to drone attacks.

The country, which is the largest exporter and one of the three largest oil producers, said that after the attack on its oil facilities, it reduced production by more than half – by 5.7 million barrels per day from the usual mark of about 9.8 million.

Hussite Yemeni rebels against whom the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia are fighting said the refineries were attacked by fighters of their movement using unmanned aerial vehicles.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said there was no evidence of an attack from Yemen, and blamed Iran for it. Iranian Foreign Ministry called Pompeo’s allegations a lie

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