Yemen’s Houthi rebels fire ballistic missiles and drones at oil installations and military sites in Saudi Arabia.
Yemen’s Houthi rebels on Sunday fired drones and missiles into the heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry, attacking a Saudi Aramco facility in Ras Tanura in an assault the kingdom said was aimed at the security and stability of the country. global energy supply.
Announcing the attacks, the Houthis also said they attacked military targets in the Saudi cities of Dammam, Asir and Jazan.
Saudi Arabia’s Energy Ministry said an oil storage yard in Ras Tanura, the site of an oil refinery and the world’s largest offshore oil loading facility, was attacked with a drone, but there had been no casualties or loss of property.
“One of the areas of oil reservoirs at the port of Ras Tanura in the eastern region, one of the largest oil ports in the world, was attacked this morning by a drone coming from the sea,” the Saudi ministry said. of Energy in a press release. by the official Saudi press agency.
He added that shrapnel from a ballistic missile fell near the Aramco residential complex in Dhahran.
Houthi military spokesman Yahya Sarea said the group fired 14 drones and eight ballistic missiles across the border with the kingdom as part of a “massive operation in the heart of Saudi Arabia.”
The U.S. Mission to Saudi Arabia advised U.S. citizens to take precautions after reports of possible attacks and explosions in the Dhahran, Dammam and Khobar area in Saudi Arabia’s eastern province .
The province is home to most of Saudi Aramco’s oil production and export facilities.
The spokesperson for the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis in Yemen said Saudi Arabia would take all necessary measures to protect itself and ensure the stability of energy supplies and maritime traffic.
The attacks on an oil tank farm at the port of Ras Tanura and on the Aramco facilities in Dhahran were “cowardly terrorist attacks,” a defense ministry spokesman said in a statement to the news agency. state press SPA.
The coalition said earlier on Sunday that it had intercepted 12 drones launched by the Houthis, including five that had been fired at the kingdom, and two ballistic missiles fired at Jazan.
Separately, the coalition said it had carried out airstrikes on Houthi military targets in Sana’a and other areas and warned that “civilians and civilian objects in the Kingdom are a red line.”
The Houthi-run Al Masirah TV station said coalition warplanes launched “a series of air raids” on al-Nahda and Attan districts in the capital, Sana’a.
The Houthis, who have fought the coalition since it intervened in Yemen’s civil war in March 2015, recently stepped up cross-border missile and drone attacks against Saudi Arabia.
Last Thursday, the Houthi movement said it fired a missile at an Aramco petroleum products distribution plant in the Red Sea city of Jeddah that the Houthis attacked in November 2020, hitting a storage tank. Aramco and Saudi officials did not comment on Thursday’s allegation.
The escalation comes as the United States and the United Nations step up diplomatic efforts for a ceasefire to pave the way for a resumption of UN-sponsored political talks to end the conflict.