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'Yemenis haven't hit hospital, school, Sanaa bazaar but industrial centre to warn you': Iran President Rouhani 

File photo of Hassan Rouhani. Photograph:( Reuters )

Agencies Dubai Sep 18, 2019, 01.35 PM (IST)

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday Yemenis targeted Saudi oil installations as a "warning" about a possible wider war in response to the kingdom's US-backed intervention in their conflict-ravaged country.

"The Yemenis... haven't hit a hospital, they haven't hit a school, they haven't hit Sanaa bazaar. They just hit an industrial centre... to warn you," Rouhani said after a cabinet meeting, in remarks posted on the government's Twitter account.

Rouhani said 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," Rouhani said in a video carried by Iran's media.

Rouhani says 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.

Washington has said it has proof that Saturday's attacks on Saudi oil installations originated in Iran.

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"The Yemenis... haven't hit a hospital, they haven't hit a school, they haven't hit Sanaa bazaar. They just hit an industrial centre... to warn you," Rouhani said after a cabinet meeting, in remarks posted on the government's Twitter account.