Saudi And US Publicly Blames Iran For Attack On Oil Tankers And Saudi Airport
Shortly after publicly blaming Iran for the recent attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman near the Strait of Hormuz, Saudi Arabia's crown has joined the US in pointing the finger at Iran. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman mentioned in an interview this week that Saudi Arabia is now calling on the international community to take a firmer stance against Iran.
The US and Saudi Arabia's accusations have significantly increased the already high tensions in the region. Apart from blaming Iran for the attacks on the tankers last week, Saudi's crown also called out the country for its alleged attacks on its oil facilities and its airport.
Prior to the tanker attacks, Saudi's Abha International Airport was reportedly hit by a missile strike.
According to officials, they have reason to believe that the same attackers who bombed the airports are likely the same ones that attacked the tankers in the Gulf of Oman just a day after. Saudi claims that the missile was fired by Iran-backed Yemeni rebels.
The kingdom did not further elaborate on how they managed to come to the conclusion. Iran continues to deny all of the allegations against it. The country maintains that it is innocent and had nothing to do with the recent attacks.
US President Donald Trump publicly condemned Iran's actions following the White House's release a video as its main evidence. The video showed Iranian naval forces removing an unexploded mine on one of the two ships that were attacked last week.
The UK officially made a statement saying that it was also "almost certain" that Iran was behind the recent attacks. Saudi Arabia has not yet released any findings as its investigation into the incidents is still ongoing.
Saudi's crown announced that they do not want war, but the kingdom is ready to deal with any threats against its people and sovereignty. The US has already sent a good number of its military assets to the Persian Gulf, including an aircraft carrier and a number of fighter jets.
In a show of force and unity, Saudi released a video over the weekend that showed American and Saudi F-15 fighter jets doing various flight exercises over the Persian Gulf.
The attack on the two oil tankers last week has managed to shake the global oil market as uncertainty in the world's largest oil producing region continues to escalate.
Despite the recent attacks, Saudi has been able to meet the increased demand for its oil, but the continued tensions in the region may hamper its ability to do so if the situation were to get worse.