Mahdi al-Mashat, head of the Houthis’ supreme political council has communicated via their satellite TV that the Houthi rebels have now decided that they will not attack any Saudi Arabian facilities.
This announcement came late Friday, one week after they have claimed responsibility for the attacks at the oil reserves of Saudi Arabia, wiping off their supply by 50 percent.
The Houthi group is now said to be awaiting a positive response from the Kingdom but the Saudi led coalition has not reported responded. However, the United Nations has welcomed the effort on the part of the Houthi rebels that have been fighting in Yemen for the last five years.
Saudi Arabian minister of state for foreign affairs Adel al-Jubeir said that the kingdom would treat carefully, and would want to wait and watch, “ We would like to see concrete action and not just go on words spoken and promises given.”
There are possible hints of Houthi rebels being used as pawns against the precarious power war going on between Saudi Arabia coalition and Iran itself. There are also indications that Iran is pressurizing Houthis to mount another attack of larger proportions, which is what the Houthis are now trying to avoid.
While Houthi has taken responsibility for the drone strikes on the state-owned Aramco facilities, US, UK, and Saudi Arabia have reasons to believe the attacks originated from Iran and not Yemen at all. The airstrikes that were South Iran based have knocked out 5.7 million barrels a day of Saudi crude-oil production, according to official reports (about half the country’s output and nearly 6% of global supply).
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