Saudi oil facilities again attacked by Yemeni Houthis

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RIYADH, (BM) – Tanks at oil stations in the province of Jizan in Saudi Arabia burst into flames after being attacked and hit by a series of airstrikes tonight. A source in the Ministry of Energy of Saudi Arabia confirmed the news in front of an RT Arabic journalist.

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“The petroleum products distribution station in Jizan this evening was subjected to a sabotage attack with a projectile launched by the Houthis, which resulted in a fire in one of the station’s tanks, and it did not result in any injuries or loss of life,” he said.

Saudi Arabia condemns these “cowardly attacks,” according to local media reports. The attacks also aimed to affect shipping, which could have caused an environmental disaster.

Yemeni Houthis carried out the attacks unofficially supported and funded by Iran. Local media reported that coalition forces, along with Saudi forces, intercepted and shot down several drones fired from Yemen. In this way, the Saudi defense prevented greater disaster and more significant destruction.

“Eight drones (booby-trapped) launched by the Houthi militia towards Saudi territory were intercepted and destroyed,” they said, adding “the terrorist Houthi militia continues its attempts to target civilian areas.”

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The Houthis used Iranian missiles in 2019 on the Aramco attack

The cruise missiles used to attack Saudi Aramco’s Saudi oil refineries turned out to be of Iranian origin. This fact is evidencing by the report of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

The new analysis used fragments of missiles used in attacks on the Saudi airport of Abha, the Afive facilities, and on the Abkaik and Khurais deposits. “The Secretariat believes that the cruise missiles and parts thereof used in the four attacks were of Iranian origin,” the UN report says. It is noted that the UN made such conclusions based on the design of the shells and drones themselves and inscriptions in Farsi.

The fire in the plant’s territory of the national oil company of Saudi Aramco occurred on September 14, 2019. According to official information, the fire began as a result of an attack by unmanned aerial vehicles. The Houthis Yemeni rebels claimed responsibility for the attack. Riyadh himself has already claimed evidence of Iran’s guilt in the incident. However, no facts have been confirmed in the end.

The threat is also against Israel

Similar actions and attacks by Yemeni Houthis against Saudi oil facilities are an indirect threat to Israel. The Yemeni Houthis are funding by Iran, which continues the proxy war against the Jewish state. Only a few days ago, we reported that Iran had supplied medium-range ballistic missiles to Yemeni rebels. A Russian source claims that this type of missile can easily hit targets in Saudi Arabia and Israel.

The attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia last night confirm the analysis of some experts in the Middle East. They say the Yemeni Houthis are ready to fight Israel on Iran’s side, but not now, as their attention continues to focus on destabilizing certain Saudi economic assets. But experts say if a possible “Israeli aggression” against Iran turns the coin, Yemeni rebels will join the Israeli-Iranian conflict.

Iran does not have good relations with Saudi Arabia either. The deployment of Iranian ballistic missiles in Yemen will allow Tehran to control possible Israeli attacks and those of coalition forces supporting Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi–Houthis conflict

In 2014, the Houthis, Shiite-born northern Yemen, carried out a coup and seized power in the provinces of the north of the country, including the capital, the city of Sana’a. In turn, the internationally recognized government and President Mansour Hadi moved their residences to Aden, located on the southern coast of Yemen.

In connection with the Houthis’ further military successes and their active promotion to the south of the country, in 2015, Saudi Arabia led the coalition of Arab countries and launched the ground-based military operation “Tempest of Determination” support of the official government.

The reason for such great concern for Saudi Arabia was the threat that the Houthis would reach the coast of the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, the most crucial sea transport corridor through which Saudi oil tankers pass. These Houthis are protecting by Iran – an enemy of the Islamic world’s Sunni countries and Saudi Arabia.

Also, it is worth noting that other forces are taking part in the Yemeni conflict. Among the most significant points is the UAE-supported Southern Transitional Council (STC), which is in an ambiguous relationship with official Yemen and is committed to southern Yemen’s independence.

Also, there is a significant terrorist organization in Yemen, al-Qaida, on the Arabian Peninsula, which controls large areas of central Yemen.

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