Yemens Houthi launch missile, drone attack on Aramcos oil facilities
Yemens Houthi launch missile, drone attack on Aramcos oil facilities
Yemen's Houthis attack Saudi oil heartland with drones missiles Smoke billows from the site of Saudi-led air strikes in Sanaa Yemen
10 March, 2021, 03:26
The Saudi energy ministry said an oil storage yard at Ras Tanura, the site of an oil refinery and the world's biggest offshore oil loading facility, was attacked with a drone but there were no casualties or property loss.
"Such acts of sabotage do not only target the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, but also the security and stability of energy supplies to the world, and therefore, the global economy", a ministry spokesman said in a statement on state media. Saudi Aramco, the kingdom's oil giant that now has a sliver of its worth traded publicly on the stock market, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Two people familiar with the situation also said oil output was unaffected, and on Monday loading in the Ras Tanura area was continuing, with tankers docking on the north pier and sea islands.
Yehia Sarie, a Houthi military spokesman, said their air defenses on Sunday downed a Turkish-made drone run by Saudi Arabia's air force over the northern province of Jawf.
The terminal is capable of exporting roughly 6.5 million barrels a day - almost 7% of oil demand - and, as such, is one of the world's most protected facilities.
When Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched the war on Yemen in March 2015, their objective was to bring fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh, back to power and crush Ansarullah.
The coalition said it intercepted 10, that the targets were civilian infrastructure, and that attacking "civilians and civilian objects in Saudi [Arabia] is a red line".
The rising hostilities underscore a unsafe intensification of Yemen's conflict between the coalition-backed Yemeni government and the Iran-backed Houthi, despite a renewed U.S. push to end the war.
The developments mark a new escalation in Yemen's six-year conflict between the coalition-backed Yemeni government and the Houthi rebels.
After a rare attack on the Saudi capital, Riyadh, in January, the United States issued a statement condemning the strike and said Washington was working to "de-escalate tensions in the region through principled diplomacy". A Saudi-led military coalition launched a bombing campaign to dislodge the Houthis and restore the internationally recognised government.
In Sanaa, a Reuters witness reported several air strikes.
On Sunday, the Saudi-led coalition said the Houthis were emboldened after the Biden administration revoked terrorist designations on the group imposed by Trump. Yemen lies thousands of kms southwest on the Gulf of Aden.
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Widespread condemnation of the Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia
Five of the drones were headed towards Saudi Arabia, the colonel added, but did not specify any locations within the kingdom. AFP reported plumes of smoke rising over Sanaa because of the air strikes, which numbered seven according to the Houthis.
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