Iran's Rohani Blames Saudi Arabia, Israel, U.S. for Starting War in Yemen

Iranian president said Houthis attacked Saudi oil facilities as a 'warning' after Saudi-led coalition attacked civilian centers

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President Hassan Rohani speaks in a ceremony in Tehran, Iran, on Tuesday, August 27, 2019.
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Iran's President Hassan Rohani said on Wednesday Tehran did not want conflict in the region and accused the United States and a Saudi-led military coalition of starting a war in Yemen, according to Iranian news agencies.

"We don't want conflict in the region... Who started the conflict? Not the Yemenis. It was Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, America, certain European countries and the Zionist regime (Israel) which started the war in this region," Rohani said in a video carried by Iran's media.

>> Read more: Attack on Saudi oil facilities: The war is in Yemen, the solution is in Washington | Analysis

Rohani said Iran-aligned Houthis had attacked Saudi oil facilities at the weekend as a "warning", after attacks on hospitals, schools and markets in Yemen which have been blamed on the Saudi-led coalition.

"Rejecting comments about Iran's role in the operation, (Hatami) said the issue is very clear: there has been a conflict between two countries (Yemen and Saudi Arabia)," the semi-official Tasnim news agency said.

Saudi Arabia said it would show evidence on Wednesday linking Tehran to the unprecedented attack on its oil industry that Washington believes originated from Iran.

Yemen's Houthi group, an ally of Iran, has claimed responsibility and said they used drones to assault state oil company Aramco's sites.

A U.S. official told Reuters the strikes originated in southwestern Iran. Three officials said they involved cruise missiles and drones, indicating a higher degree of complexity and sophistication than initially thought.

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