Iran–Saudi Arabia proxy conflict
Iran claims one of its oil tankers was hit in the Red Sea, likely by missiles. The Saudi Ports Authority confirms an incident with a tanker near the port of Jeddah overnight.
King Salman of Saudi Arabia insists on the "importance of keeping the Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction ... and support international efforts aiming at preventing Iran from having nuclear weapons". Salman also accused Yemen's Houthis of launching attacks against the kingdom despite proposed ceasefires by Saudi Arabia.
Saudi foreign minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud says that he "sees an emboldened Iran acting in a negative manner around the Middle East, endangering shipping, arming the Houthis and contributing to a political deadlock in Lebanon". Al Saud further stated that Saudi Arabia supports any talks with Iran "as long as it ensures that Iran will not now nor ever get nuclear weapons".
An Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman confirms a meeting between officials of the two countries and says that Iran has "always welcomed" dialogue with Saudi Arabia. Among the topics allegedly discussed in the meeting were the Vienna accord and a ceasefire in Yemen, where Saudi Arabia has militarily intervened since 2015. Saudi sources declined to comment on the meeting.
U.S. and Arab officials disclose a clandestine Israeli naval operation against vessels in the Persian Gulf, Mediterranean Sea and Red Sea carrying Iranian oil and weaponry to Syria since 2019. At least twelve Iranian vessels have been bombed with limpet mines, according to U.S. officials.
Saudi Arabia intercepts a ballistic missile attack over its capital Riyadh and bomb-laden drones targeting the southern province of Jizan, both of which were launched by Yemen's Houthi rebels backed by Iran.
The Iranian-backed Houthis say they attacked a Saudi Aramco oil terminal in Jeddah with a new type of Quds cruise missile. Saudi Arabia acknowledges the attack.
According to Iranian Foreign Ministry, Saudi Arabia has blocked Iran from an Organization of Islamic Cooperation meeting in Jeddah after Saudi authorities refuse to issue visas to Iranian officials.
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir says the international community must take a firm stand on Tehran and that if confirmed Iran is behind the attacks against the oil facilities, Saudi Arabia will "take the necessary steps" to "respond appropriately".
The Saudi-led Arab Coalition says the Saudi Arabian Navy repelled an attack by Iran and Houthis against a Saudi-flagged oil tanker in the Red Sea.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) bans its citizens from traveling to Lebanon, just hours after Saudi Arabia issued a warning to its citizens to leave Lebanon in retaliation for Lebanon choosing to side with Iran in the Iran–Saudi Arabia proxy conflict and Hezbollah's influence on the Lebanese government.