A projectile launched by Yemeni Houthi rebels has caused a fire in in a tank at Aramco’s Jazan petroleum product distribution terminal in Saudi Arabia.
There were no casualties as a result of the attack, and in a statement, the Saudi energy ministry condemns the attacks as ‘cowardly’.
‘The attack does not only target the Kingdom, but also petroleum exports, the stability of energy supply to the world, freedom of world trade, as well as the global economy. It also affects maritime traffic and exposes coasts and territorial waters to serious environmental consequences,’ says the statement.
The official spokesman of the defence ministry, Brigadier General Turki Al-Malki, called the attacks a ‘cowardly act of vandalism’. He said that the Royal Saudi Air Defense and the Royal Saudi Air Force intercepted and destroyed eight bomb-laden drones launched ‘in a deliberate, systematic manner to target civilians and civilian objects in the Kingdom in a flagrant violation of the customary international humanitarian law,’ and that of three other missiles launched, one fell short and two fell in uninhabited border areas.
Houthi spokesman Yahya Saree claims on Twitter that the forces launched 18 drones and eight ballistic missiles on Saudi Arabia, including on Aramco’s facility in Ras al-Tanura, Rabag, Yanbu, Jazan and the King Abdulaziz Base in Dammam, as well as launching drone attacks on military positions.
This latest attack is one of several in recent months. Houthi rebels have also recently targeted Aramco’s 140,000 b/d Riyadh refinery, causing fires, on 19 March 2021, and its 33 million bbl Ras Tanura oil terminal on 7 March, although this attack failed to cause any damage. On 4 March 2021, a missile heading for Jazan was intercepted by the Saudi military. In November 2020, an missile caused a tank fire at Aramco’s North Jeddah Bulk Plant.
Houthi forces have been attacking targets in Saudi Arabia 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.