Saudi Arabia denies airspace reports over Israeli attack on Iran

Saudi Arabia denied media reports suggesting that it has permitted Israel to use its airspace to launch attacks against Iran.

Saudi Arabia denies airspace reports over Israeli attack on Iran

Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil exporter, denied on Sunday media reports suggesting that it has permitted Israel to use its airspace to launch attacks against Iran.

The denial followed a Times of London report that claimed Riyadh had agreed to allow Israel to use its airspace to make bombing raids on Iran's nuclear facilities. The newspaper cited unidentified people.

Israel, most experts estimate that it has at least between 100 and 200 nuclear warheads, often threatens the Islamic republic with an attack.

In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency, an official source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: "Saudi Arabia has noticed some false claims in some British media that it has permitted Israel to launch attacks on Iran using its airspace."

The source added that the Kingdom has reiterated its clear stance that it will never allow anyone to use its airspace or territory to attack any other country.

The source also said it is appropriate that the Kingdom should apply this principle on Israel with which it has no relations.

Saudi airspace for Israeli attack?

Saudi Arabia has conducted tests to stand down its air defences to allow Israeli warplanes to use its airspace in any bombing raid on Iran's nuclear facilities, The Times newspaper reported Saturday.

"The Saudis have given their permission for the Israelis to pass over and they will look the other way," a US defence source in the region told the paper.

"They have already done tests to make sure their own jets aren't scrambled and no one gets shot down. This has all been done with the agreement of the (US) State Department."

The Times said Riyadh had agreed to allow Israel to use a narrow corridor of its airspace in the north of the country to shorten the distance in the event of any bombing raid on Iran.

It said that a source in Saudi Arabia said the arrangement was common knowledge within defence circles in the kingdom.

"We all know this. We will let them (the Israelis) through and see nothing," the source told The Times.

Israeli jets bombed an Iraqi nuclear reactor in 1981 and a site in Syria in 2007.

Turkish PM called for "fair" stance from global powers before UN vote, saying "the international community should show a fair stance and react to not only Iran but also other regional countries that have nuclear weapons."

Israel recently refused US and international calls to sign Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and open its facilities for IAEA perusal.


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Tughluq
Tughluq - 11 yıl Before

Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait and Saudi are four hypocrite rather ruled by hypocrites in Middle East. They will do anything to disturb the brotherhood of Muslims for the satisfaction of US and Israel.

Mughalistan
Mughalistan - 11 yıl Before

'The source added that the Kingdom has reiterated its clear stance that it will never allow anyone to use its airspace or territory to attack any other country.'

They said the same thing when the American's launched their attack on Iraq and they lied.

Ghengis Khan
Ghengis Khan - 11 yıl Before

More likely that Saudi should allow Iranians to use their space to "counter attack israel" Times paper is spreading zionist propaganda. When it comes to the "crunch" all middle-east counttries will unite against israeli aggression, no matter whether they are Whahabi, Shia or Sunni or Christian, they will all unite and "crush israel for once and for all. This is long overdue.