Houthis claim drone strikes on Saudi Aramco oil refinery

19 Août, 2019, 15:52 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Saudi Arabia Yemen

He renewed call on companies and civilians to stay away from all vital sites in Saudi Arabia, adding that Yemen's bank of targets inside the kingdom "expands daily" and that future attacks would be more painful to the enemy.

Spokesman of Jordan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Sufian Qudah described the attack as a very unsafe escalation targeting Saudi Arabia's stability and risks further tension in the region.

Speaking on Saturday about this morning's drone strikes on oil facilities in Shaybah, in the east of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi said warned of the painful strikes on the aggressors.

Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry voiced strong condemnation of the attack on Shaybah oil field.

Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said the latest attack was carried out at 0320 GMT by "booby-trapped drones".

Al-Falih described the attack as striking a gas plant at Shaybah. Saudi Aramco on its website refers to the field as "the most remote treasure on Earth", home to reserves of 14.3 billion barrels of oil and 25 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.

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The field is located near the border with the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia's main partner in the Sunni Arab coalition which has been battling the Houthis since 2015 in order to restore Yemen's ousted pro-Saudi government.

"This terrorist sabotage follows a series of actions, including attacks against oil tankers, aimed at disrupting worldwide oil supplies", Falih said.

The oil field is in the Arabian Peninsula's Empty Quarter, a sea of sand where temperatures routinely hit 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit).

The field's distance from rebel-held territory in Yemen demonstrates the range of the Houthis' drones.

On August 7, clashes broke out in Aden between forces loyal to Yemen's internationally recognized government and the Southern Transitional Council (STC), a United Arab Emirates (UAE)-backed south Yemeni separatist organization. That puts Saudi oil fields, an under-construction Emirati nuclear power plant and Dubai's busy global airport within their range.

Riyadh has accused Tehran of supplying the Houthis with the missiles and drones used in attacks on Saudi cities, a charge both Iran and the group reject.

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