Oil facilities in Saudi Arabia hit by drone attacks
Sunday, September 15, 2019
Yesterday, oil facilities belonging to Saudi Arabia's state-owned Saudi Aramco were hit by multiple drone strikes in a pre-dawn raid. The attacks triggered major fires at a processing plant and an oil field, which state media said were under control. The Yemen-based claimed responsibility for the attacks.
According to the Riyadh. The agency did not mention if there were casualties, but said exports were continuing., the attacks occurred at 4:00 A.M. (0100 UTC) and struck the largest processing plant at and the . The oil field is about 160 (100 ) east of the capital,
Reuters, citing anonymous sources, reported both production and export of oil had been disrupted. Saudi officials subsequently said 5.7 million of per-day production had been disrupted. This would be nearly half of Saudi Arabia's entire production and around five percent on a global basis.
Speaking onin Yemen, Houthi military spokesperson Yahya Sarea said it had carried out the attack using ten drones. According to him, it was among the largest Houthi operations inside of Saudi Arabia and was accomplished with the help of "honourable people inside the kingdom".
"These attacks are our right, and we warn the Saudis that our targets will keep expanding", Saree said. "We have the right to strike back in retaliation to the air strikes and the targeting of our civilians for the last five years."
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo posted a message on Twitter blaming Iran for the attacks, saying there was "no evidence the attacks came from Yemen." BBC's Jonathan Marcus said questions remain how much direct Iranian assistance is received by the Houthis who are ideologically aligned with Iran.
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