Tue. May 17th, 2022

Saudi-Led Coalition Says Aramco Fire 'Under Control' After Yemen Rebel Strike

The assaults got here as Jeddah was internet hosting the Components One Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.


Yemen’s Houthis mentioned they launched assaults on Saudi power amenities on Friday and the Saudi-led coalition mentioned oil big Aramco’s petroleum merchandise distribution station in Jeddah was hit, inflicting a hearth in two storage tanks however no casualties.

An enormous plume of black smoke could possibly be seen rising over the Purple Sea metropolis the place the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix is happening this weekend, an eyewitness mentioned.

The coalition assertion on state media mentioned the hearth had been introduced beneath management. Flames might nonetheless be seen in reside footage aired by Saudi-owned Ekhbariya tv channel.

The Saudi power ministry mentioned the dominion strongly condemned the “sabotage assaults”, reiterating that it might not bear accountability for any international oil provide disruptions ensuing from such assaults, state information company SPA reported, citing an official within the ministry..

The ministry blamed Iran for persevering with to arm the Houthis with ballistic missiles and superior drones, stressing that the assaults “would result in impacting the Kingdom’s manufacturing capability and its means to fulfil its obligations to international markets”. Teheran denies arming the Houthis.

There was no fast remark from Aramco.

The assaults got here as Jeddah was internet hosting the Components One Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. The dense black smoke could possibly be seen from the race circuit, a Reuters witness mentioned.

Components One CEO Stefano Domenicali instructed drivers and group bosses that the Grand Prix will go forward as deliberate, based on a supply conversant in the matter.

“Very important Services”

The Iran-aligned Houthis, who’re battling the coalition led by Saudi Arabia, have intensified assaults on power amenities within the kingdom, the world’s largest oil exporter.

Houthi army spokesman Yahya Sarea mentioned the group launched missiles on Friday at Aramco’s amenities in Jeddah and drones on the Ras Tanura and Rabigh refineries, and mentioned it had additionally focused “very important amenities” in Riyadh, the capital.

Saudi state media earlier mentioned the coalition had foiled a string of Houthi drone and rocket assaults. Saudi air defences additionally destroyed a ballistic missile launched in direction of Jizan, which induced a “restricted” hearth at an electrical energy distribution plant.

The Houthi escalation comes because the United Nations particular envoy tries to safe a brief truce for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan that begins in April, and forward of Riyadh’s internet hosting Yemeni events for consultations later this month.

Washington condemned the assaults on its ally Saudi Arabia, and mentioned it might proceed to work with Riyadh to strengthen its defences whereas working for a sturdy decision to the battle in Yemen.

“The assaults are unacceptable and have additionally affected Saudi infrastructure in addition to colleges, mosques and workplaces” and endangered civilians together with U.S. residents, State Division deputy spokesperson Jalina Porter instructed reporters on a briefing name.

Final weekend a Houthi assault on the dominion induced a brief drop in output at a refinery and a hearth at a petroleum merchandise distribution terminal. On March 11, the group focused a refinery in Riyadh, inflicting a small hearth.

The coalition intervened in Yemen in March 2015 after the Houthis ousted the Saudi-backed authorities from the capital, Sanaa, in late 2014.

The battle, extensively seen as a proxy warfare between Saudi Arabia and Iran, has killed tens of hundreds of individuals and pushed Yemen to the brink of famine. The Houthis say they’re combating a corrupt system and international aggression.

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