Jordan condemns terrorist attack in Jeddah

Yemen's Houthis claim rocket attack on Saudi Aramco facility in Jeddah

Over the nearly six-year-old war, Houthi forces have carried out many missile and drone strikes on civilian airports and oil infrastructure in Saudi, as well as on the capital Riyadh.

Saudi Aramco needed about 40 minutes to put out the fire caused by a missile strike on a fuel depot in the Red Sea city of Jeddah, with evidence pointing to a sophisticated attack on the kingdom's energy infrastructure.

The rebels have since the start of a year ago stepped up attacks on neighbouring Saudi Arabia, mainly targeting southern provinces along their shared border.

Firefighting teams extinguished the blaze and there were no casualties, it said, adding that Aramco's fuel deliveries were not affected by this act of "terrorism and sabotage". A Houthi military spokesman said several people had been hurt, although this was not confirmed by the Saudis.

The coalition says it intercepts many attacks, and has responded with air strikes on Houthi-held territory.

"The strike was very accurate, and ambulances and fire engines rushed to the target", Saree said.

The United Nations expressed concern over the attack on a civilian target, which it said violated global law.

For more than a year, the Houthis have staged numerous missile and drone attacks on Saudi soil, targeting oil facilities and other strategic areas.

There was no immediate Saudi confirmation of the claim made by the group's military spokesman, who warned foreign companies and residents in Saudi to exercise caution as "operations will continue". "As you know Aramco has been a target of such hostile attacks", said Abdullah al-Ghamdi, manager of the North Jeddah Bulk Plant.

Yemen has been locked in conflict since the rebels took control of the capital Sanaa in 2014 and went on to seize much of the north.

Fighting escalated in March 2015 when a Saudi-led coalition intervened to restore the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

More than 10,000 civilians have been killed, mostly by coalition airstrikes, according to the United Nations and rights groups.



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