Iran accused of attacks on Saudi oil facilities

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    The United States has issued satellite images and cited intelligence to back its allegation Iran was behind attacks on major Saudi oil facilities.

    Coordinated strikes on key Saudi Arabian oil facilities knocked out half of the country’s oil capacity, leading to a spike in global oil prices.

    Iran denies involvement in Saturday’s air attacks, which were claimed by Iran-aligned Houthi rebels in Yemen.

    The BBC however says intelligence shows the rebels could not be responsible.

    It quotes sources as saying that there were 19 points of impact on the targets with the attacks coming from a west-north-west direction – not Houthi-controlled territory in Yemen, which lies to the south-west of the Saudi oil facilities.

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Iran over the weekend, albeit without providing evidence, prompting Tehran to accuse Washington of deceit.

    Tweeting on Sunday, President Donald Trump stopped short of directly accusing Iran, but suggested possible military action once the perpetrator was known and depending on Saudi Arabia’s stance.