Saudi Riyadh has told US President Donald Trump over the telephone that Riyadh has the ability to “deal with and fight this terrorist attack,” according to Saudi state news agency SPA.
The US Department of Energy has said they are ready to release oil from strategic petroleum reserves if needed. US Ministry of Energy Rick Perry has said his ministry will work with the International Energy Agency if it is necessary to take international action in the midst of turmoil.
Saudi-led Sunni coalition forces intervened in the country’s civil war in 2015 after Iranian-backed Yemeni Shiite rebels occupied most of the country, including the capital Suna. Ever since the Saudi coalition launched a massive airstrike in Yemen, the Houthis have occasionally responded to throwing missiles at Saudi territory. But recently they started using missiles as well as drones to attack Saudi.
Over the past few months, the Houthis have carried out drone and missile attacks in different cities and establishments in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia spokesman Turkey al-Maliki said an investigation had been launched into who had planned the attack and who was implementing it. The Western-backed coalition will prevent threats to global energy security and economic stability, he said. Aramco chief executive Amin Nasser said no one was hurt in the attack.