IslamNews – The United States on Friday condemned yet another string of Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia, which it said were a “clear provocation meant to perpetuate the conflict.”
A petroleum products distribution terminal in Saudi Arabia’s Jazan was struck by a projectile on Thursday, causing a fire at one of the terminal’s tanks, the Saudi Ministry of Energy said.
This came after Saudi Arabia’s air defenses intercepted and destroyed at least eight bomb-laden drones fired by the Iran-backed Houthis targeting civilians in the Kingdom overnight Thursday.
“The actions by the Houthis are a clear provocation meant to perpetuate the conflict. This is the latest in a series of Houthi attempts to disrupt global energy supplies and threatens civilian populations,” State Department Spokesman Ned Price said on Friday.
US Special Envoy for Yemen Tim Lenderking is back in the region for his third trip in less than two months as the Biden administration steps up its efforts to reach a ceasefire.
Thursday’s attack comes days after the Yemeni government announced its backing for the Saudi initiative.
“The Houthis’ actions are prolonging the suffering of the Yemeni people and jeopardizing peace efforts at a critical moment when the international community is increasingly united behind a ceasefire and a resolution of the conflict,” the State Department official said. “We again call on all parties to commit seriously to and strictly uphold a ceasefire and engage in negotiations under UN auspices, in conjunction with UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths and US Special Envoy Tim Lenderking,” Price added.