Col Turki al-Malki, Saudi’ military spokesman, said Iranian weapons were used in Saturday’ strikes on the Khurais oilfield and the Abqaiq refinery, the world’ largest petroleum processing plant.
However, he did not openly blame Iran for the attack – which has knocked out five per cent of global crude oil production – suggesting the Saudis are trying to calm the increasingly tense situation before it spills into war.
Instead he said Riyadh would investigate where the drones were launched as he did not believe the Iran-backed Houthi militia who are fighting the Saudi-backed government in Yemen, was responsible for the attack as they had claimed.
“This strike didn’t come from Yemen as the Houthi militia are pretending,” Col al-Malki said. “It was a massive and highly sophisticated attack.”