Houthi rebels threaten more attacks on Saudi facilities

Houthi rebels threaten more attacks on Saudi facilities
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Yemen's Houthi rebels are threatening additional attacks on Saudi oil facilities after claiming responsibility for drone strikes that disrupted Saudi Arabia's crude oil output, the group’s al-Masirah TV reported Monday.

Companies and foreigners should avoid oil facilities because they may be targeted at any moment, Houthi military spokesperson Yahya Saree said via the outlet.

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The Houthi's have claimed responsibility for two drone strikes over the weekend that hit two Saudi refineries, one of which is the largest crude-processing facility in the world.

Oil prices surged worldwide following the attack.

The Houthis have been locked in a long-lasting war with a Saudi-led coalition in Yemen since claiming the country's capital in 2014.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Trump isolated amid Syria furor | Pompeo, Pence to visit Turkey in push for ceasefire | Turkish troops advance in Syria | Graham throws support behind Trump's sanctions Graham: Erdoğan pledged to Trump to stay away from Kurdish territory in Syria Trump honors Stanley Cup champions, talks impeachment, Turkey MORE has accused Iran of being behind the attacks. Tehran has denied the allegations.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted Sunday that Pompeo’s accusation is “turning to ‘max deceit,’” a reference to the Trump administration’s maximum pressure strategy.

"US & its clients are stuck in Yemen because of illusion that weapon superiority will lead to military victory," he wrote. "Blaming Iran won't end disaster."

Pompeo did not provide evidence to back up the accusation that Iran was behind the drone attacks.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Five takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio Democrats debate in Ohio: Who came out on top? MORE on Sunday said the U.S. is prepared to respond to the attacks, but did not assign blame to any party.