Yemen's Houthis say they bombed Saudi Aramco facility in Jeddah

Yemen’s Houthis fired missile at Saudi Aramco

One of the facility's tanks was hit by a missile in early on Monday. Aramco was distributing products again three hours afterward, the official said.

A fire caused by the attack was extinguished in about 40 minutes with no casualties, he said.

There was no immediate Saudi confirmation of the claim announced on Twitter by a military spokesman of the group who warned foreign companies working in Saudi Arabia to exercise caution as "operations will continue". Aramco's production and exporting facilities are mainly in the eastern province of Saudi Arabia, more than 1,000 kilometers from Jeddah.

An unnamed official at Saudi Arabia's energy ministry said, in statements reported by the SPA, that no injuries were reported in the incident, and accused the Houthi rebels of committing the assault.

According to the satellite image provided by Sarea, the missile landed on the northern outskirts of Jeddah.

The Houthi spokesman said that the strike, which used a Quds-2-type missile, was "very accurate", adding that "ambulances and fire engines rushed to the target".

That facility is just southeast of Jeddah's King Abdulaziz International Airport, an important site that handles incoming Muslim pilgrims en route to nearby Mecca.

The Houthis have been fighting Yemen's United Nations-backed government in a civil war since 2015, when a Saudi-led coalition intervened in an effort to roll back the rebels' gains.

Cross-border attacks by Houthi forces have escalated since late May when a truce prompted by the novel coronavirus pandemic expired. The Saudi-led coalition has responded with air raids on Houthi-held territory.

The Houthi group controls most of north Yemen and most large urban areas.

"The persistence of such criminal and sinful acts against civilian lives and infrastructure as well as global energy supplies aims to destabilize the sisterly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the entire region, which requires a firm response from the worldwide community", the Ministry said in a press release.

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