An oil pipeline that runs across Saudi Arabia was hit Tuesday by drones, the Saudi energy minister said, as regional tensions flared just days after what the kingdom called an attack on two of its oil tankers in the Persian Gulf.
The reports of alleged attacks come against a backdrop of US-Iranian tension following Washington's decision to cut Iran's oil exports to zero and beef up its military presence in the Gulf after Iran chose to revoke the nuclear pact with the West.
A statement from Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said two of the kingdom's oil tankers, including one due to later carry crude to the US, sustained "significant damage".
Saudi Arabia said on Monday that two Saudi oil tankers were among vessels attacked off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, condemning it as an attempt to undermine the security of global crude supplies.
A television station run by Yemen's Houthi group said on Tuesday the Iran-aligned movement had launched drone attacks on Saudi installations, without identifying the targets or time of the attacks.
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Saudi Aramco took precautionary measures and temporarily stopped operation of the pipeline, as it is evaluating the situation and working on restoring the operations of the affected pump station and the pipeline, according to the Saudi state news agency, SPA.
Iran has denied involvement and described the attack on the four commercial vessels as "worrisome and dreadful".
Amid escalation of tensions between arch rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia, the incident adds to the rising tensions in the region as Fujairah is close to the strategically crucial waterway Strait of Hormuz.
The image from San Francisco-based Planet Labs Inc. that the AP examined on Wednesday shows Saudi Aramco's Pumping Station No. 8 outside of the town of al-Duadmi. According to the Financial Times, Iran-backed Houthi Rebels, against whom Riyadh has waged war since 2015, claimed responsibility.
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Saudi Aramco has taken all necessary measures and temporarily shut down the pipeline to evaluate its condition, the report said . Emirati officials are investigating the incident. "It's going to be a bad problem for Iran if something happens", he added.
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The attacks occur amid a war of words between Washington and Tehran over sanctions and US military presence in the region. "We'll see what happens with Iran", President Donald Trump said while meeting Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban at the White House earlier on Monday.
Asked whether the U.S. believed Iran played a role in the attacks, Washington's Iran envoy Brian Hook declined to comment, saying only that United States authorities would help the investigation at the request of the UAE. An unidentified group reportedly sabotaged two of its oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates.
"The targeting of the oil (pumping stations) in Saudi Arabia... is further proof that the Houthi militia does not believe in peace".
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