Declaring the attacks, the Houthis also stated that they attacked military bases in the Saudi city of Dammam, Asir and Jazan.
Yemen’s Houthi military launched a drone and missile at the center of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry on Sunday, attacking the Saudi Aramco facility in Ras Tanura, saying the state had aimed for the security and stability of the global energy supply.
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The Saudi Energy Ministry said an oil storage yard at Ras Tanura, the site of an oil refinery and the world’s largest offshore oil loading facility were attacked by drones, but there were no casualties or property damage.
It said a ballistic missile fell near Aramco’s residential complex in Chhare Dharan.
Saudi state media previously stated that the Saudi-led military coalition battling the Houthis intercepted 12 armed drones aimed at “civilian targets” without specifying a location in the state, as well as two ballistic missiles fired toward Zazan Of.
Two residents told in Dhahran Reuters He heard an explosion. The US mission in Saudi Arabia issued an advisory Sunday evening in the tri-city region of Saudi Arabia’s eastern province of Dhahran, Dammam and Khobar, citing reports of possible missile attacks and explosions.
The eastern province is home to most of Aramco’s oil production and export facilities. In 2019, Saudi Arabia, the world’s top oil exporter, was shaken by an unprecedented missile and drone attack on major oil facilities in the east of the state, on which Riyadh blamed Iran, a charge Tehran denied.
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That attack forced Saudi Arabia to temporarily stop more than half of its crude oil production.
Houthi military spokesman Yahya Sariya said on Sunday that the group had fired 14 drones and eight ballistic missiles in a “comprehensive operation in the heart of Saudi Arabia”.
The Houthis have recently intensified cross-border attacks on Saudi Arabia at a time when the United States and the United Nations are insisting on a cease-fire to revive stalled political negotiations to end the war.
Last Thursday, the Houthi movement said it fired a missile at an Aramco petroleum products distribution plant in the Red Sea city of Jeddah, which the Houthis attacked in November 2020 at a storage tank. Aramco and Saudi officials have not made any comment regarding Thursday’s claim.
The military alliance in Yemen intervened after the Saudi-backed government was ousted from power in the capital Sanaa in March 2015. Conflict in the region is widely seen as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
The Saudi-led coalition said it carried out airstrikes on Houthi military bases in Sanaa and other areas on Sunday and warned that “civilians and civilian objects in the empire are a red line”.
State media reported that the new US administration embraced the Houthis in February after the group revoked a terrorist designation.
Last week, the US Treasury Department banned two Houthi military leaders after escalating attacks on Saudi cities and intensifying fighting in Yemen’s Marib region. In Sana’a, a Reuters witness reported several airstrikes. The hawthi run Al Masira TV The war planes of the coalition bombed Al-Naha and Attan districts.
The war, which had been under a military deadlock for years, killed thousands of people and pushed Yemen to the brink of famine. The Houthis say they are fighting a corrupt system and foreign invasion.