Saudi Aramco’s Jeddah oil depot hit by Houthi attack | News

Saudi Arabia and its state-run oil Saudi Aramco didn’t instantly acknowledge the blaze.

A raging hearth has been reported at an oil depot within the Saudi metropolis of Jeddah with Yemen’s Houthis rebels acknowledging that they had launched a sequence of assaults on the dominion.

Saudi state media on Friday reported a string of drone and rocket assaults by Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi group and an enormous plume of black smoke was seen rising in Jeddah which is because of host a Method One race on Sunday.

Whereas Saudi Arabia and state-run Saudi Aramco didn’t instantly acknowledge the blaze, it gave the impression to be centred on the identical gasoline depot that the Houthis attacked in latest days.

In a while Friday, Houthi army spokesperson Yahya Sarea stated the group attacked Aramco’s services with missiles and the Ras Tanura and Rabigh refineries with drones.

Sarea added that the assault additionally focused very important services within the Saudi capital Riyadh.

Al Arabiya TV, quoting the coalition, stated the dominion’s air defence system destroyed two explosive-laden drones concentrating on Najran.

These on the F1 observe may see the big black smoke cloud within the distance.

“The place in the intervening time is that we’re ready for additional data from the authorities on what has occurred,” the F1 stated in an announcement.

The assaults got here as Saudi Arabia led a coalition battling the Houthis, who seized Yemen’s capital of Sanaa in September 2014.

The dominion, which entered the Yemen battle in 2015, has been internationally criticised for its airs raids killing which have killed dozens of civilians – one thing the Houthis level to as they launch drones, missiles and mortars into the dominion.

Saudi state tv acknowledged assaults within the city of Dhahran that hit water tanks whereas additionally damaging autos and homes.

One other assault focused {an electrical} substation in an space of southwestern Saudi Arabia close to the Yemeni border, state TV stated.

The North Jeddah Bulk Plant shops diesel, petrol and jet gasoline to be used within the metropolis. It accounts for greater than 1 / 4 of all of Saudi Arabia’s provides and in addition provides gasoline essential to operating a regional desalination plant.

The Houthis have twice focused the North Jeddah plant with cruise missiles: One assault got here in November 2020 whereas the final one got here on Sunday.

On the time of the 2020 assault, the focused tank, which has a capability of 500,000 barrels, held diesel gasoline, in response to a latest report by a UN panel of specialists analyzing Yemen’s battle. Repairing it after the final assault price Aramco roughly $1.5m.

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