Wednesday, 18 September, 2019

Drone attack by Yemen rebels sparks fire in Saudi oil field

Yemenis walk past shops damaged during clashes in Aden Yemenis walk past shops damaged during clashes in Aden
Patty Aguilar | 18 August, 2019, 13:29

Yahia Sarie, a spokesman for the Houthis, earlier claimed in a video that the attack saw the rebels launch 10 drones at the facility.

Al-Falih further said that at 6.20 a.m. Saturday, one of the units of Shaybah NGL facility was subject to an explosive-carrying drone attack, resulting in a limited fire that was controlled.

The channel later broadcast a speech by rebel chief Abdelmalek al-Huthi, who said all the group's military operations were "a legitimate response to Saudi aggression".

The Shaybah installation lies just 30 kilometres (20 miles) from the Emirati border and hundreds of kilometres from the nearest Huthi-controlled territory.

"This cowardly attack once again highlights the importance of the worldwide community's response to all terrorist agents who carry out such acts of sabotage, including the Iran backed Houthi militias", Falih said in the statement.

He said the strike on Saudi oil assets near the border with the United Arab Emirates was also a warning to the UAE, which has scaled down its military presence in the coalition but continued to funds and arm the southern separatists.

On its website, Saudi Aramco refers to the field as "the most remote treasure on Earth", home to 14.3 billion barrels of oil reserves.

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"We promise the Saudi regime and the powers of aggression bigger and wider operations if the aggression continues", said the Houthi military spokesman, according to tweets by Al Masirah TV.

He asserted the Kingdom's strong condemnation of the cowardly attack, stressing that this act of sabotage and terror is nothing but an extension of the acts that recently targeted the global oil supply chains, including the oil pipelines in the Kingdom, oil tankers in the Arabian Gulf and others.

Al-Falih linked the attack to a May assault by Houthi drones that targeted the kingdom's crucial East-West Pipeline, a 1,200-kilometer (746-mile) link between its eastern oil fields and the Red Sea.

Last month, the Houthis launched a drone attack on Jizan airport in southwestern Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi minister was referring to attacks in May and June on oil tankers blamed by the United States on Iran, which denied responsibility.

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 the future attacks would be more painful to the enemy.

The Houthis say they manufacture their own weapons and are fighting a corrupt system.

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