DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – Yemeni Houthi rebels say they attacked a Saudi oil refinery in the Saudi port city of Ida on Thursday, the latest in a series of cross-border drone strikes by the group. conditions: crushing war in Yemen.
The state media in Saudi Arabia did not immediately report any incident in idda. But one night, the Saudis, led by the Saudis, announced against the rebels that the Houthis had fired two explosive-laden drones at Khamis Mushait, southwest of the Khalid Khalid air base, and later with a ballistic missile at the southern south of Izan. There is no information about Immediate ohs.
Brigadier General Yehia Sarie tweeted that the rebels had fired a new Quds-2 cruise missile at the target. He posted a satellite image online that corresponds to Aramco’s North Jiddah Bulk plant, where petroleum products are stored in tanks. The Iranian-backed rebels claimed they had hit the same target in November last year in an attack by a Saudi-led coalition that later admitted to setting the plant on fire.
Although such attacks rarely cause damage or casualties, the blows to Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter, shake up energy markets and the world economy.
The Idd plant, which serves as a temporary storage facility for gasoline, diesel fuel and other petrochemicals, is located just southeast of King Abdulaziz International Airport, a major airport serving Muslim pilgrims to Mecca.
Flights arriving at the airport early Thursday morning were diverted or otherwise flown without explanation, according to FlightRadar24.com.
An Associated Press reporter at the scene saw no smoke immediately after installation on Thursday morning.
In Idda, the US consulate issued a warning to Americans, citing an attack on the Aramko facility, among other reported drone strikes south of the kingdom. It says it is unaware of the casualties and urges Americans to “reconsider immediate precautionary measures in the event of an attack.”
Saudi Aramco, the kingdom’s oil giant, which now has a well-deserved stake in the stock market, did not respond to a request for comment. Shares of Brent crude rose more than $ 64 a barrel on the Riyadh-based Tadavul Stock Exchange on Thursday.
Fighting against the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen since 2015, the Houthis have targeted international airports in Saudi Arabia, along with key oil and gas infrastructure facilities. In recent months, insurgents have stepped up their attacks, repeatedly dropping drones and rockets into the kingdom’s Patriot missiles. Earlier this week, a ballistic missile reached the capital Riyadh, where it was perceived and exploded in the sky, scattering debris on the city.
The conflict in Yemen erupted almost six years ago, after the Houthis entered the capital and occupied the north of the country. A military coalition led by Saudi Arabia has launched a bombing campaign to oust the Houthis and restore an internationally recognized government.
The now-deadlocked war has claimed the lives of more than 12,000 civilians, brought millions to the brink of starvation, and caused the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Saudi Arabia has faced widespread international criticism for its airstrikes that have killed civilians in Yemen and damaged civilian targets.