Saudi Arabia, the world’s top crude exporter, said May 15 that attacks on two of its tankers and a major pipeline targeted the security of global oil supplies. do not only target the kingdom but also the security of world oil supplies and the global economy,” it said after a meeting chaired by King Salman in the Red Sea city of Jeddah on May 14 evening. Yemen’s Huthi rebels claimed responsibility for the strikes and said they were a response to “crimes” committed by Saudi Arabia and its allies during more than four years of war in support of the government. Iran has repeatedly threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz in case of a military confrontation with the United States. A military coalition, led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, intervened in the Yemen war in March 2015 to bolster the efforts of the internationally recognised government against the Huthi rebels.
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