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Saudi Arabia bombs alleged mine factory in Yemen


The attacks on refineries in Saudi Arabia have significantly increased tensions in the region. Now Riyadh has responded: Four targets in civil-war-stricken Yemen have been put under fire.

Six days after the attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, the military alliance led by the kingdom has attacked targets in Yemen. In the attacks, four military targets were destroyed in the north of the port city of Hudaida, said the military alliance on Friday. There, among other things, sea mines were produced.

The Yemeni Houthi rebels claimed the Saturday drone strike on Saudi oil refineries, which had a significant impact on oil production. Saudi Arabia, together with other Arab countries, supports the government in Yemen. The Houthi rebels are allied with Iran.

Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, sees direct responsibility for the attacks in Tehran. As evidence, Saudi Arabian Defense Ministry spokesman Turki al-Maliki presented pieces of debris from "drones and cruise missiles" on Wednesday, which he claims came from the attack site. The attacks had been conducted from "north", but the exact launch site was still unclear.

The attacks were "without question sponsored by Iran," al-Malki said. Investigations have shown that the rockets can not be fired from Yemen, but came from the north.

What's next and, above all, what are the US doing?

The drones used in the attack were out of range of the drones used by the Houthis. In the attack on the oil refinery in Abkaik 18 drones were used, in the attack on the oil plants in Churais a total of seven cruise missiles. Four of them had reached their goal, three others had previously hit the ground.

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Attack on Saudi Arabia oil into the fire

There is still disagreement about how to proceed. Saudi Arabia had recently quite clearly encouraged the United States to intervene in the region. Between both countries there are close, not least considerably economical, connections. But Washington does not seem willing to engage directly in an armed conflict.

Source: spiegel

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