Yemen’s Houthis Attack Oil Depot in Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah with Bomb-Laden Drones

The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen on Friday said that Houthi rebels attacked Aramco oil facility in Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah aimed at disrupting oil markets and hurting the world economy.

The Coalition Spokesman, Brig. General Turki al-Malki said the fire damaged two tanks, but had no casualties. “This hostile escalation targets oil facilities and aims to undermine energy security and the backbone of the global economy,” state-run Saudi Press Agency quoted al-Malki as saying.

The Houthis claimed responsibility for the attack, saying they had also targeted other oil facilities across Saudi Arabia with drones and cruise missiles.

The Kingdom of Bahrain condemned and denounced the “terrorist Houthi militia’s launch of a number of bomb-laden drones” towards the Saudi Arabia to target civilians, and energy sources.

In a statement, the Bahraini Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that “Bahrain stands in full solidarity with the Kingdom” in all measures it takes to maintain its security and stability against these deliberate and systematic attacks that are inconsistent with international humanitarian law.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a tweet also condemned the Houthi attacks and said that these “strikes put civilian lives at risk and must stop.”

On March 21, Saudi Arabia said that it won’t bear any responsibility for a shortage in global oil supplies after a fierce barrage of attacks by Yemen’s Houthi rebels affected production in the Kingdom.

The Houthi rebels had fired several missiles that caused fire at a petroleum distribution center in the port of Jeddah, and disrupting production at a petrochemicals complex in Yanbu on the Red Sea coast.

 


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