- Title: Saudi displays arms allegedly used in Aramco attack, blames Iran
- Date: 18th September 2019
- Summary: RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA (SEPTEMBER 18, 2019) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** VIEW OF DEBRIS AND REMNANTS OF WEAPONS ALLEGEDLY USED AGAINST ARAMCO FACILITIES SIGN READING (English): "IRANIAN DELTA WING UAV (AFIF) ATTACK" WEAPONS SIGN READING (English): "IRANIAN DELTA WAVE UAV (ABQAIQ) ATTACK" VARIOUS OF DEBRIS AND WEAPONS ON DISPLAY SIGN READING (English): "(KHURAIS) ATTACK" DEBRIS AND WEAPONS JOURNALISTS TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS SIGN READING (English): "IRANIAN DELTA WING UAV (AFIF) ATTACK" VARIOUS OF DEBRIS (SOUNDBITE) (English) SAUDI DEFENCE MINISTRY SPOKESMAN, COLONEL TURKI AL-MALKI, SAYING: "In the region we have witnessed a distinct growth in Iranian aggression which culminated in the attack from the North several days ago. This attack was not against the kingdom of Saudi Aramco or Saudi Arabia, it was an assault to the international community. A deliberate attempt to disrupt the global economy and the energy industry. It was an affront to international law and those responsible should be held accountable for their actions. Iran's continued aggression, sponsorship of terrorist group, and interference in maritime commerce represent a common threat to us all." PRESENTATION ON SCREEN READING (English): "ABQAIA OIL PROCESSING FACILITY SURVEILLANCE FOOTAGE" (SOUNDBITE) (English) SAUDI DEFENCE MINISTRY SPOKESMAN, COLONEL TURKI AL-MALKI, SAYING: "This attack did not originate from Yemen despite Iran's best efforts to make it appear so. Their collaboration with their proxy in the region to create this false narrative is clear. Secondly, the attack was launched from the North and was unquestionably sponsored by Iran." VARIOUS OF AL-MALKI STANDING OVER DEBRIS AND GIVING HIS ANALYSIS OF THEIR ORIGIN DEBRIS SIGN READING (English): "IRANIAN DELTA WAVE UAV (ABQAIQ) ATTACK" DEBRIS ON DISPLAY WOMAN LOOKING ON / AUDIENCE LISTENING PRESENTATION ENDING
- Embargoed: 2nd October 2019 17:45
- Keywords: Saudi Arabia Iranian drones cruise missiles Saudi oil facilities Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki
- Location: RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA
- City: RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA
- Country: Saudi Arabia
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Military Conflicts
- Reuters ID: LVA001AX6ROSN
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Saudi Arabia on Wednesday (September 18) displayed remnants of what it described as Iranian drones and cruise missiles used in an attack on Saudi oil facilities as "undeniable" evidence of Iranian aggression.
Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki said a total of 25 drones and missiles were launched at two oil plants in last weekend's strikes, including what he identified as Iranian Delta Wing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and "Ya Ali" cruise missiles. He said the missiles have been used by Iran's Revolutionary Guards.
Iran has denied any involvement in the assault that initially halved Saudi Arabia's oil production.
Malki said both drones and missiles were launched at Abqaiq, home to the world's largest oil processing facility, and that cruise missiles had targeted Khurais.
Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi movement, which has been battling a Saudi-led military coalition, had claimed responsibility for the strikes.
Malki, who is also the spokesman for the coalition, reiterated that the attack could not have come from Yemen, saying the Houthi movement was "covering up" for Iran.
(Production: Nael Shyoukhi, Jim Hatley)
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