Houthis Claim to Have Launched Ballistic Missiles, Drones on Saudi Aramco Facilities
08:08 GMT 05.09.2021 (Updated: 10:58 GMT 05.03.2023)
© AP Photo / HASAN JAMALI A Saudi Aramco Shell oil refinery in Jubail, Saudi Arabia, is seen in this Tuesday, June 1, 2004 file photo
© AP Photo / HASAN JAMALI
Earlier in the day, Saudi Arabia's air forces had intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile launched by Houthi rebels towards the oil-rich Eastern Province.
Houthi rebels announced that they'd attacked Saudi Aramco facilities in Ras Tanura, in the east of the kingdom, and other locations including Jeddah, on the Red Sea coast with drones and ballistic missiles.
"As part of countering the criminal aggression against the country, our armed forces ... attacked vital targets and military bases belonging to Saudi Arabia, in particular, the Aramco facilities in Ras Tanura in the Dammam region, using eight drones and a ballistic missile," a message from the Houthi military spokesperson Yahya Saria said.
Saria added that the Houthis also fired at Saudi company targets in the Jeddah, Jazan, and Najran regions using five ballistic missiles and two drones.
Earlier, on Sunday morning, Saudi Arabia Ministry of Defence said that air forces have intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile launched by Houthis towards Eastern Province.
As a result of the downing, debris from the missile scattered across the Dahyat Al-Dammam neighbourhood, injuring two children and causing minimal damages to 14 houses.
Additionally, the Saudi forces have intercepted and destroyed two more ballistic missiles and three bomb-laden drones launched the rebels towards Eastern Province and the provinces of Jazan and Najran, the ministry said.
Since March 2015, the Saudi-led Arab coalition has intervened in the Yemeni war on the government's side against the Houthis. Clashes and bombings have been commonplace since then. The United Nations describes Yemen as "the world's worst humanitarian crisis," with 20.7 million people in need of protection or humanitarian assistance.