Attacks claimed by Houthi rebels from Yemen on two Aramco facilities on 7 March 2021 failed to cause any damage, according to Saudi Arabia’s energy ministry.
The Houthis attacked Aramco’s 33 million bbl Ras Tanura oil terminal with a drone that approached from the sea, but there were no injuries, loss of life or damage to property, according to a statement from the ministry. In a second attack, fragments of a ballistic missile fell near another Saudi Aramco facility in Dhahran in a residential neighbourhood, which also did not result in injuries, loss of life or damage to property.
The ministry denounced the attacks as ‘cowardly’ and said that they as well as targeting Saudi Arabia, they also attack the wider global economy.
‘The Kingdom calls on the countries of the world and its organisations to stand against these actions, directed against civilian property and vital installations. Such attacks target the security and stability of energy supplies in the world, due to the impact of these actions on the security of petroleum exports, the freedom of global trade, and maritime traffic, as well as exposing coasts and regional waters to major environmental disasters that could result from the leakage of petroleum or petroleum product,’ it adds.
In a statement posted on Twitter, Houthi spokesman Yahya Saree claimed that the forces had launched 14 drones and eight ballistic missiles on Saudi Arabia, including the attack on Ras Tanura. Houthi forces have been attacking targets in the country as part of an ongoing conflict following an intervention by a Saudi-led coalition force in Yemen in 2015 after Houthi forces ousted the pro-Saudi president Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi. Houthi forces have previously attacked Aramco sites, including the North Jeddah Bulk Plant in November 2020.