The Saudi Ministry of Defense revealed on September 18 new information about the recent attack on key oil facilities in the Kingdom.
In a press conference held in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, a spokesman for the ministry, Col. Turki al-Malki, said that the Kingdom has evidence that Iran was involved in the attack, denying that the Yemeni Houthis were behind it.
“Aramco attack didn’t target Saudi Arabia only, but also the international community and energy security,” the spokesman said.
Col. al-Malki said that Saudi Arabia is sure that the attack was not launched from Yemen, claiming that the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and missiles operated by the Houthis can’t reach Abqaiq and Khurais in the eastern part of the Kingdom.
According to the spokesman, eighteen UAVs and seven cruise missiles were used in the attack. All of them came from the northern direction and not from the direction of Yemen.
During the conference, the ministry showcased the wreckage of seven delta-wing UAVs and two cruise missiles used in the attacks.
While the missiles were identified as Iranian-made Ya-Ali cruise missiles by the Saudi MoD, experts claimed that they are identical to the Houthis’ Qudis-1 missile. As for the UAVs, their type was not determined. However, Col. al-Malki noted that similar UAVs were showcased in Iran before.
In last few days, many senior U.S. officials claimed that the attack was launched from Iran territory. A claim that the Saudi MoD declined to confirm.
The attack on Aramco’s facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais damaged Saudi Arabia’s oil sector. The Kingdom was forced to lower its oil exports for several days, which led to a temporary spike in oil prices.