Cruise Missiles striking with great precision, rather than drone were involved in Saturday’s Saudi Oil facility attack, the Pentagon said releasing satellite pictures of the strike.
The projectiles attacked storage tanks and processing and compressor trains, the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies said. The photo released had storage facilities within the complex encircled as being the spots where the 10 missiles are said to have struck causing huge fires and reducing Riyadh’s oil output by half.
However, Mohammed al-Bukhaiti, a member of Yemen's Supreme Political Council, on Sunday told Iran's Tasnim news agency that blaming the attacks on other countries shows "cowardice" in facing up to the reality of Yemen's military power.
"Saudi Arabia declared war against Yemen on the grounds that our missile inventory posed a threat to its security," he said. "Today, we are surprised to see that when we hit Saudi oil wells, they exonerate Yemen from conducting these strikes and accuse others of doing them."
US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo was quick to blame Iran for the brazen attacks, claiming there was no evidence the projectiles originated from Yemen .
Yemeni Houti forces on Saturday claimed that the strike was aided by “intelligence sources” operating from inside Saudi Arabia.
Irrespective of whether the projectiles were missiles or drones, the fact that they were able to get past Saudi Arabia’s Patriot missile air defences and other short and medium range defences including anti-drone systems indicates a big chink in Saudi Arabia’s protective armor.
Security experts aver that the projectiles were most likely fast moving cruise missiles which could be flying low to avoid radar and have a sophisticated course-correction and precision guidance system.
Yemeni Houthi rebels have reportedly launched a drone strike attacking the world's largest oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia early on Saturday using ten drones, causing a major fire. It wasnt clear if there were any injuries in the attacks in Buqyaq and the Khurais oil field, nor what effect it would have on oil production in the kingdom
Air defence systems of Yemeni Houthis have reportedly destroyed a US-made MQ-9 drone belonging to Saudi Arabia and its allies, in Dhamar province, Yemen, on Tuesday night. Houthi spokesman Yahia Sarie said the MQ-9 type drone was shot down with a locally developed missile which will be introduced to the public “soon,” according to Al Masirah TV
Houti rebels in Yemen struck at two Saudi airports and a military base bringing air traffic to a standstill, a spokesperson for the rebels said. The rebels struck with Qasef-2K (Striker-2K) drone targeting Najran Regional Airport in the kingdom's southwest, the King Khalid Air Base and the Abha International Airport in the southwestern province of Asir, the spokesman for Yemeni Armed Forces, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, said in a statement on Monday as reported by Iranian media
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US-supplied Patriot missile batteries with their powerful radars have come under fire for completely missing out on Yemeni armys drone attacks on Saudi oil installations. Saudis failure to defend its homeland was observed even in 2017 when Yemeni Houtis struck King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh
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Russia has offered its S-400 air defense systems to Saudi Arabia after Yemeni Houtis managed to attack worlds largest oil facilities located in the country, dodging its protective armour that includes Patriot systems. "In order to protect Saudi Arabia, we are ready to provide the corresponding aid to the country
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