Aden: Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies launched fierce airstrikes on the locations of Iran-affiliated Houthi rebels in Yemen. At the same time, a Saudi Arabian news channel informed that marine mines deployed by the Houthi rebels, to target the oil tankers in the Red Sea, were also defused. Saudi Arabia took this action following an attack on the oil tank of the Aramco company and even on an oil tanker in the Red Sea.
In the last two days, the Iran-affiliated Houthi rebels have intensified attacks on the Saudi Arabian fuel sector. Saudi Arabia has accused that through this, the Houthi rebels are targeting not only Saudi Arabia, but global fuel security. An oil tank, in the city of Jeddah, of the Aramco company, came under a missile attack. Houthi rebels accepted the responsibility and announced that the Iranian Quds-2 missile was used in the attack. The Houthi rebels said that this attack was launched to teach a lesson to Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies.
A senior leader of the Houthi rebels threatened, ‘The target of our Quds-2 missile was the southern Israeli city of Eilat and not Jeddah. But to retaliate against the Saudi Arabian attacks in Yemen and to get the Saudi military sitting in Yemen, dispersed, the attack had to be launched on Jeddah. If Saudi Arabia does not stop attacking Yemen, more fierce attacks will be carried out.’ There was a terror attack on a Greek oil tanker, docked in a Saudi harbour, on Sunday. The tanker caught fire due to the explosion of a marine mine. No damage was caused to the oil or the sailors in the attack. But Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies accused that the threats for oil tankers have increased in the Red Sea. Even after the attack on the oil tank of the Aramco company, Saudi Arabia had reacted similarly.
Against the background of these attacks, Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies undertook a major military campaign to teach a lesson to the Houthi rebels. Locals claimed that the Houthi rebels suffered considerable losses in the airstrikes. Following the attacks, Saudi launched a special campaign, in the Red Sea, to defuse all the marine mines which posed a threat to the oil tankers. Saudi Arabia’s government news channel claimed that the Houthi rebels planted these mines.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia has repeatedly accused that the Houthi rebels from Yemen are carrying out actions against Saudi Arabia under instructions from Iran. Saying that Iran is the only supplier of arms and ammunition to the Houthi rebels, Saudi Arabia had presented evidence in this respect in front of the international community. But Iran denied all the allegations.
Analysts claim that this conflict between Saudi Arabia and the Houthi rebels is an indirect conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Analysts have warned that this conflict will only go on to intensify with time.