The Yemeni army’s drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities were “legitimate self-defense” and no-one can “expect them to remain silent when their country is destroyed,” the Iranian government has announced.
Reacting to the attacks—for which the neo-con lobby and the West’s controlled media have blamed Iran, without any proof—Iranian president Hassan Rouhani told a press conference in Ankara, Turkey, yesterday, that the people of Yemen “have to respond” to the foreign aggression and the influx of US and European weapons to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
“They cannot avoid legitimate defense when their country is being destroyed. What Yemenis do is legitimate self-defense, and reciprocal attack,” Rouhani said.
Since the beginning of the Saudi war on Yemen, over 17,000 civilians have been killed in direct air strikes by the Saudi air force alone.
Yemen’s Ansarullah movement and their allies in the Yemeni army deployed at least ten drones to bomb the Abqaiq and Khurais oil facilities last weekend.
The unprecedented attack knocked out more than half of Saudi crude output, or five percent of the global supply, prompting Saudi and US officials to claim without any evidence that it probably originated from Iraq or Iran.
Rouhani also called for the end of the Saudi aggression against the Yemeni nation as a principal solution to end the war. “We believe a political solution is needed to settle the Yemen crisis” he said.
Saudi Arabia has been leading a coalition of its vassal states in waging war on Yemen since March 2015 to reinstall former president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, who resigned from presidency and fled to Riyadh in January 2015 amid popular outcry over corruption and mismanagement of the economy.
The US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, estimates that the Saudi-led war has claimed the lives of over 60,000 Yemenis since January 2016.
The war has taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories.