Yemen’s Houthi rebels have launched drones that attacked two Saudi Aramco facilities on Saturday. One attack was made on a major oil facility in Abqaiq, which is near Dammam in the kingdom’s Eastern Province. While the other one on the area targeted as the Khurais oil field, about 250 kilometres south-west of Dammam.
“At 4 am on Saturday morning, Aramco’s industrial security teams fought two fires in two of the company’s facilities.
The attacks caused fires which were later brought under control, the Saudi interior ministry said.
“The two fires were controlled and contained, and the relevant authorities have begun investigations.”
There was no immediate report of casualties.
Aramco says its Abqaiq oil processing facility is “the largest crude oil stabilisation plant in the world” and the main processing centre for Arabian Extra Light and Arabian Light crude oils, while the Khurais oil field in Saudi Arabia’s second-biggest, with a production capacity of 1.45 million barrels a day.
The Houthi rebels took the responsibility of the attack in a statement broadcast on their Al Masirah TV station. Rebel spokesman YahiaSarie said the attacks involved a total of 10 drones and warned of further strikes.
On August 17, a Houthi drone attack caused a fire at one of the units at a Saudi Aramco natural gas plant in the Shaybah oil field. Though, it did not cause any casualty.
In May, Houthi drones targeted a Saudi oil pipeline connecting oil fields in the east with the Red Sea port of Yanbu on the west coast, disrupting operations for three days.