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Yemen's Houthis: We attacked Saudi Aramco facilities

April 12, 2021 at 4:01 pm

A man standing near debris following an attack at the Saudi Aramco oil facility in Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea city of Jeddah on November 24, 2020 [FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP via Getty Images]

Yemen’s Houthi movement said today it had fired 17 drones and two ballistic missiles at targets in Saudi Arabia, including Saudi Aramco facilities in Jubail and Jeddah, Reuters reported.

There was no immediate Saudi confirmation. Saudi Aramco, the state oil firm, said when contacted by Reuters that it would respond at the earliest opportunity.

Houthi military spokesman Yahya Sare’e said on Twitter the group’s barrage included ten Samad-3 drones fired at refineries in the Red Sea city of Jeddah and Jubail in the Eastern Province.

Aramco’s refinery in Jeddah was decommissioned in 2017 but it has a petroleum products distribution plant there that the Houthis have previously targeted.

Sare’e said the movement also targeted military sites in the southern Saudi cities of Khamis Mushait and Jazan.

The Saudi-led coalition that intervened in Yemen’s war in 2015 against the Houthis said late yesterday it had intercepted and destroyed six-armed Houthi drones.

The coalition entered the war after the Houthis ousted the internationally-recognised government from the capital Sanaa.

The conflict, seen in the region as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran, has killed tens of thousands of people and pushed the Arabian Peninsula nation to the brink of famine.

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