Houthi rebels warn Saudi Arabia of more attacks

Tensions in the Middle East have escalated following drone attacks on two major oil facilities in Saudi Arabia.

Yemen’s Houthi rebels, who have been locked in a war with a Saudi-UAE-led coalition since 2015, claimed responsibility for the attacks, warning Saudi Arabia that their targets “will keep expanding”.

The pre-dawn strikes on Saturday knocked out more than half of crude output from the world’s top exporter.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo swiftly accused Iran of being behind the assault, without providing any evidence. The claim was rejected by Tehran which said the allegations were meant to justify actions against it.

Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, has promised to “confront and deal with this terrorist aggression”, while US President Donald Trump hinted at possible military action after Riyadh concluded its investigation into the attacks.

The United States is considering increasing its intelligence sharing with Saudi Arabia after Saturday’s attack.

Meanwhile, United Nations special envoy to Yemen told the UN Security Council it was “not entirely clear” who was behind Saturday’s attack on Saudi oil facilities, but he said it had increased the chances of a regional conflict.