Sep 21, 2019 06:50 UTC
  • Even Saudis themselves don't believe fiction of Iran's role in Aramco attacks: FM Zarif

Iran has rejected again claims of involvement in Yemen's retaliatory attacks on the kingdom's heart of oil industry, saying Riyadh's offensive in Hudaydah in breach of a UN truce speaks for itself.

Saudi Arabia said Friday it had launched a military operation against Hudaydah because the port city was being used by Yemeni fighters to launch ballistic missiles and drones.

In a post on his Twitter account, Zarif said it was "curious" that the Saudis, who had blamed Iran for last Saturday's air raids on two major Saudi oil facilities, had retaliated against Hudaydah in violation of a UN-brokered ceasefire agreement signed in Stockholm in December 2018.

Ansarullah spokesman Mohammed Abdul-Salam on Thursday warned that Saudi Arabia's offensive in Hudaydah was "a serious escalation that could torpedo the Sweden agreement."

"The coalition will be responsible for the consequences of this escalation and we'll be watching the UN stance on this situation closely," he said. 

On Friday, Ansarullah’s president of the Supreme Political Council Mahdi al-Mashat said Yemeni fighters were calling a halt on drone and missile attacks, hoping "the gesture would be answered" by the Saudis.