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A Saudi Pipeline Attack Amps Up Suspicions on the Arabian Peninsula

May 14, 2019 | 22:19 GMT
This photo shows remains of drones alleged to have been used by Houthi rebels in Yemen

A picture taken on June 19, 2018 shows debris of Iranian-made Ababil drones displayed Abu Dhabi, which the Emirati armed forces say were used by Houthi rebels in Yemen in battles against the coalition forces led by the UAE and Saudi Arabia. - The United Arab Emirates has US-trained troops fighting alongside the Yemeni army against the Iran-backed Houthi rebels. 

(KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)

Khalid al-Falih, Saudi Arabia's energy minister, confirmed May 14 that two drones launched by the Yemen-based Houthis had targeted two pumping stations along Saudi Arabia's East-West pipeline, which carries oil from fields in Eastern province to the Red Sea. This follows a May 12 incident off the coast near the UAE port of Fujairah that damaged four oil tankers, including two Saudi-owned vessels. Taken together, the attacks raise questions over whether oil and gas infrastructure in the region is being targeted either directly by Iran or by Iranian-linked regional militias in retribution for U.S. attempts to reduce Iranian oil and gas exports to zero....

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