Houthi drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities

Officials at Saudi Press Agency said on Saturday the blazes at the facilities in Abqaiq, which has a estimated crude oil processing capacity of 7 million barrels per day (bpd) and Khurais were under control.

“At 4.00am (01:00 GMT) the industrial security teams of Aramco started dealing with fires at two of its facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais as a result of … drones,” it said

Later on Saturday, Yemen’s Houthi rebels said the attacks were carried out by 10 drones and promised to widen the range of their attacks on Saudi Arabia, which leads a military coalition battling them in neighbouring Yemen.

“These attacks are our right and we warn the Saudis that our targets will keep expanding,” spokesman Yahya Saree said in a statement read out on the rebels’ Al Masirah TV.

“We have the right to strike back in retaliation to the air strikes and the targeting of our civilians for the last five years.”
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly blamed Iran, saying it “has now launched an unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply”.

“There is no evidence the attacks came from Yemen,” Pompeo said on Twitter, referring to the Houthis’ claim of responsibility.
Iran has dismissed accusations by the United States that Tehran was behind drone attacks.

“Such remarks … are more like plotting by intelligence and secret organisations to damage the reputation of a country and create a framework for future actions,” spokesman Abbas Mousavi said.

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