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Houthi-led 'armed drones' attack 2 Saudi oil stations

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Saudi authorities here on Tuesday said that Houthi-led "armed drones" attacked two pumping stations amid reports of escalating tensions in the

The drone strikes, which termed a "cowardly" act by Yemen's rebels, caused minor damage to one of the stations supplying a pipeline running from its to the on the Red Sea, Saudi Energy said in a statement cited by

"These attacks prove again that it is important for us to face terrorist entities, including the militias in that are backed by Iran," Falih was quoted as saying.

Falih added that the fire break out was brought under control, but the country's giant has stopped pumping through the pipeline.

Falih said the recent sabotage acts not only target but also affect the safety of the world's and global economy. The further promised that the production and export of Saudi oil would not be interrupted.

However, in the rose to 1.4 per cent even though told that the attack caused "no damage to oil production, no or " Brent crude, the global benchmark, jumped to 1.6 per cent.

has said that seven drones carried out the strikes on the Saudi

"It was a successful operation. We found assistance from people living in Saudi Arabia, and we had excellent intelligence," Saree added.

Earlier on Tuesday, a television station run by Yemen's Houthi rebels said it launched drone attacks on Saudi installations, without identifying the targets or time of the attacks.

The attacks also occurred amid a war of words between the and over sanctions and the growing American military presence in the

The drone attacks come a day after said two of its were among four vessels sabotaged off the coast of the (UAE) on Sunday. However, has denied any involvement in the Sunday describing it as "worrisome and dreadful".

A on Tuesday confirmed that the has lodged an investigation into the alleged sabotage attacks on Sunday.

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First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 00:00 IST