Thousands of Saudis Take to Streets to Celebrate National Day
Thousands of Saudis took to the streets, Monday, September 23, to celebrate the country’s 89th national day.
The festivities occur just over a week after drone attacks on Saudi Aramco, one of the world’s largest oil facilities.
The attacks on Aramco’s main crude processing facility knocked out 5.7 million barrels of daily oil production for Saudi Arabia, or more than 5% of the world’s daily crude production. The U.S., Saudi Arabia and Britain blame Iran for the attacks; Tehran has denied the charge and warned against retaliatory strikes. The charges have led to an increase in tensions in the region.
Many Saudis celebrating the country’s national day in the capital said they had faith in their government to resolve the situation and that the country would overcome these latest challenges. Iran’s president says his country will offer its own rival security coalition in the Persian Gulf, as the U.S. sends more troops to Saudi Arabia and heads its own regional military coalition. (AP)