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Saudi Arabia: two oil installations attacked by drones

2019-09-14T06:43:30.145Z

The attack has not been claimed, but Yemeni rebels regularly send drones and missiles against the country, which supports pro-government forces.



Image posted on the social networks of the September 14 fire of the Aramco facility in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia. OBTAINED VIDEOS BY REUTERS / VIDEOS OBTAINED BY REUTERS

Two oil installations of Saudi giant Aramco were targeted by drone attacks early Saturday (September 14th) in Abqaiq and Khurais in the east of the country, according to the official Saudi news agency (SPA), citing the ministry of Interior.

An investigation was opened after the attack, according to the same source, which did not specify the origin of drones. Both fires were controlled, and the attack was not claimed immediately.

Oil pipelines or gas fields already under attack

Yemeni rebels, backed by Iran, regularly call for drones or missiles against Saudi targets, claiming to act in retaliation for the Saudi-led coalition airstrikes in Yemen to support pro-government forces.

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On August 17, the Houthi rebels reportedly carried out an attack using ten drones, "the largest ever launched in Saudi Arabia," against the Shaybah field, which caused a "limited" fire , according to Aramco. on a gas installation.

Growing tensions in the Gulf

On May 14, the Houthis, who control large areas in Yemen, claimed responsibility for a drone attack in the Riyadh area against two oil pipeline pumping stations linking the east to the west of the Saudi kingdom. oil exporter to the world.

The attack resulted in a temporary halt to oil pipeline operations and added to the growing tensions in the Gulf region following attacks and sabotage against oil tankers in May attributed to Iran by oil companies. United States, what denies Tehran.

The destruction of an American drone, entered Iranian airspace according to Tehran, caused fears of a general conflagration. The US President, Donald Trump, then claimed to have canceled at the last minute strikes retaliation.

Source: lemonde

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