The Head of GCC has condemned the recent spate of attacks on a Saudi Aramco power plant.
Saudi Aramco is the world’s biggest oil exporter. While the country has spent millions to protect its pipeline systems, it is realizing its vulnerability to regional conflicts and attacks by high-performance aerial instruments like drones.
Speaking to the media, Secretary-General Abdullatif Al-Zayani has termed the recent attack as a “cowardly act that threatens security and stability in the region. The targeting of oil facilities in the Kingdom reveals the malicious goals harming the global energy supply.”
Houthis would want to continue to create an atmosphere of insecurity by carrying out attacks of such kinds. While the recent attack did not lead to any casualties, it has left many in the international community wary of the future of oil reserves and supplies, owing to already escalated tensions between the United States and Iran.
Houthi militants are based in Yemen and backed by Iran. They have previously used crude kamikaze drones laden with explosives to target infrastructure in the Kingdom. They are now assembling more sophisticated ones by picking parts from the international market and are being aided by many countries around.
In May, the Houthis attacked two oil pumping stations with drones but caused no disruption to operations. They have continued to repeatedly target Saudi Arabia’s Abha airport, in order to disrupt normal lines of transportation and daily life.
The recent attack has also been condemned by the UAE. Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister, Khalid Al-Falih would be right in thinking that this attack was not only aimed at Saudi Arabia “but also against the global economy.”