On Wednesday, Saudi Arabia claims that the attacks on two of its oil tankers and major pipelines have targeted not only its own security but also the world’s supplies.
Armed Drone attacks claimed by Yemeni rivals restricted one of the kingdom’s main oil pipelines, further arouse tensions after the mysterious disruption of four ships, two of them were tankers from Saudi, outside the Gulf on May 12.
After a meeting headed by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed-bin Salman in Jeddah, it continued that “the Cabinet affirms that these acts of terrorism and sabotage…do not only target the kingdom but also the security of world oil supplies and the global economy.”
Latest drone strikes has hit the two pumping stations on east-west pipelines of the Kingdom, which was supposed to carry 5 million barrels of crude oil every day and offers a strategic alternative route for exports in Saudi, if the shipping lane remains closed.
Yemen’s Huthi rival claimed responsibility for the drone strikes and claims they replied to crimes, which is committed by the UAE and its allies during over 4-years of War in support of the government.
On Sunday, the Saudi tankers Amjad and Al-Marzoqah has suffered “significant damage” in an unexplained sabotage attacks in the Oman Sea off the UAE, reported Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih. However, there were no reported casualties or oil spills.
Neither the UAE nor Saudi Arabia have yet offered details on the exact nature of those reported attacks, which came amid heightened tension between Riyadh and US rival Tehran.
Saudi Cabinet asked for “confronting terrorist entities which carry out such sabotage acts, including the Iran-backed Huthi militias in Yemen.”
Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest exporter of oil, pumps over 10 million barrels each day of which 7 million barrels are exported.
Most exports of Saudi at present are loaded onto tankers at terminals on the Gulf Coast and passes through the Strait of Hormuz.