Saudi Arabia says oil facilities outside Riyadh attacked

US team suggests Iran behind ship sabotage

The crew was unharmed and the ship was in no danger of sinking, it said.

Saudi Aramco responded to a fire at East West Pipeline Pump station 8 which was caused by a sabotage incident using armed drones which targeted pump stations 8 and 9.

The announcement by the foreign minister comes after a television station run by the Houthi movement said Yemeni rebels had launched drone attacks on Saudi installations, without identifying the targets or time of the attacks.

"Recent attacks in the Gulf and Saudi Arabia are aimed at the world and not just [Saudi Arabia]", Saudi energy minister Khalid Al-Falih said.

Who's behind the suspected attacks?

Few details have been released about the incident, which is said to have taken place at about 06:00 (02:00 GMT) on Sunday within UAE territorial waters in the Gulf of Oman, east of the emirate of Fujairah.

The UAE minister of state for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash, said the Emirates will probe the "deliberate sabotage".

Speaking to reporters on Sunday the Iranian Parliament's vice-speaker Ali Motahhari said the military forces based in the region had started a "psychological" war in the region and warned the USA against an attack on the Middle Eastern nation.

On Tuesday, Spain temporarily pulled one of its frigates that was part of a U.S. -led combat fleet from near the Persian Gulf because of mounting U.S. -Iran tensions.

But the officials offered no proof to back the claim.

The United States has already strengthened its military presence in the region, including deploying a number of strategic B-52 bombers in response to alleged Iranian threats.

This only puts Iran's regional intentions, during USA military presence watching its every move, in question.

The spike in tensions came after Tehran said Wednesday it had stopped respecting limits on its nuclear activities agreed under a 2015 deal that has since been abandoned by Washington.

But Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was forthright in his response - suggesting the country was "too great to be intimidated by anyone".

Trump later denied a New York Times report that he was considering sending 120,000 troops to counter Iran. "If they do anything they will suffer greatly".

However, a report from Sky News Arabia, a satellite channel owned by an Abu Dhabi ruling family member, showed the allegedly targeted Saudi tanker Al Marzoqah afloat without any apparent damage. No UAE or Saudi official has pointed the finger at Iran.

Iran's foreign ministry described the incidents as "worrisome and dreadful" and called for an investigation.

Iran has rejected the allegation and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Tuesday that "extremist individuals" in the USA government were pursuing risky policies, amid a war of words with Washington over sanctions.

'Commander Salami, with attention to the situation in the region, presented an analysis that the Americans have started a psychological war because the comings and goings of their military is a normal matter, ' spokesman Behrouz Nemati said, according to parliament's ICANA news site. Comments from the government also pressured prices with the U.S. Energy Department saying on Monday that it was confident global oil markets are well supplied. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

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