Meanwhile, Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Khalid bin Salman wrote on Twitter on Thursday that Tehran had ordered "the terrorist acts" carried out by the Houthis against the oil pipeline. In this respect, the efforts of Barack Obama's administrations concentrated on rapprochement with Iran, and cooperation with what Obama regarded as the moderate wing within "Political Islam"; but still, it was significant that warm US-Israel relations were terribly shaken while Obama's negotiators were putting the final touches on a "nuclear deal" whose sponsors intentionally ignored what was taking place on the ground.
Saudi Arabia's main English newspaper called for "surgical strikes" against Iran.
In Sanaa, people scrambled to pull 14 wounded from the rubble of a building hit by one of the airstrikes in the al-Raqas neighborhood.
Despite worldwide scepticism, the U.S. government has been pointing to increasing threats from Iran, a long-time enemy and also a rival of USA allies Israel and Saudi Arabia.
Dr Anwar Gargash reiterated that the country remains committed to peace, despite recent escalations in the region that have increased tension between the USA and Iran.
On Wednesday, Iran-aligned Houthi rebels launched a coordinated drone attack on a critical oil pipeline in Saudi Arabia, Tehran's biggest rival in the region.
Iran had no role in the counter-attacks, he added.
A confidential assessment issued this week by the Norwegian Shipowners' Mutual War Risks Insurance Association (DNK) on Friday said that Iran's Revolutionary Guards are "highly likely" to have facilitated attacks off Fujairah.
"The attacks are a response to the aggressors continuing to commit genocide against the Yemeni people", has been the assertion of the Houthi leaders.
Sources said that India's statement does not take sides between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
A military coalition under the leadership of the Sunni Saudi Arabia has intervened, therefore, in 2015 both politically and militarily in the conflict.
A senior British officer in the USA -backed coalition fighting the Islamic State group appeared to push back against the US claims, telling reporters earlier in the week that there'd been no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria. Maj.
Mohammad Faisal, ministry spokesman, told a news conference Thursday that recent developments in the Persian Gulf region were disturbing and that Washington's move to "deploy aircraft carrier and bombers has added to the tensions and the existing precarious security situation in Middle East".
Analysts have also denounced what has been described as Riyadh "egging on the United States to strike Iran".
The U.S. embassy in Baghdad began evacuating some staff this week in apparent concern about perceived threats from Iran.
Despite attempts to calm the rhetoric about a potential conflict, on Wednesday, the US State Department ordered all "non-emergency US government employees" to leave Iraq; German and Dutch armed forces suspended training operations in Iraq. Also, a senior British officer in the US -backed coalition fighting the Islamic State group, Maj.
Qatar hosts the forward headquarters of the USA military's Central Command at its vast Al-Udeid Air Base.
2- Washington is now keen to get the Iranians out of the "new Syria" after settling the Golan issue in Israel's favor, as part the tacit regional and global agreement on the de facto, if not the de Jure partition of Syria.
The divergent approaches illustrate the complexities of dealing with Iran.
As Washington and Tehran spar over sanctions and the US military presence in the region, the UAE is balancing curtailing Iran with protecting its economic interests as the Middle East's tourism, financial and trading hub.
Associated Press writers Ahmed Al-Haj in Sanaa, Yemen, Jon Gambrell in Dubai and Mari Yamaguchi in Tokyo contributed.