Iran denies ties to Houthi drone attack on Saudi oil installations

U.S.-ally Riyadh made the accusation amid growing tension between Iran and its arch-foe, the U.S., which has built up its military presence in the region, alleging threats from Iran to its troops and interests.

The Houthis, who have been battling a Saudi-led military coalition for four years, said they carried out Tuesday’s drone strikes against the East-West pipeline, which caused a fire.

However,  Riyadh said the incident did not disrupt output or exports.

“You’re still deluded after 1,500 days, isn’t that enough?” Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on his Twitter account, referring to the length of the Yemen war.

Mousavi was responding to Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir, who tweeted on Thursday: “The Houthis are an indivisible part of #Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps and subject to the IRGC’s orders.

“This is confirmed by the #Houthis targeting facilities in the Kingdom.”

Mousavi added: “It’s time for you to stop your crimes against #Yemeni people. You can’t hide your weakness behind such claims.”

A military coalition led by neighbouring Saudi Arabia, which receives weapons from the West, intervened in Yemen in March 2015 after the Houthis ousted Yemen’s internationally recognised government from Sanaa.

The conflict is seen as a proxy war between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shi’ite Iran.

“Separately, Mousavi condemned air strikes on Thursday by the Saudi-led coalition on Sanaa.

“He also called on international and human rights bodies to act according to their responsibility to prevent the repetition of these crimes,’’ state news agency IRNA said.

The Houthi group denied being a puppet of Tehran or receiving arms from Iran, and said its revolution is against corruption.