Published On: Sat, Aug 17th, 2019

Drone attack: Iran-linked rebels bomb Saudi oil fields ‘Global threat’ | World | News

State-run oil company Saudi Aramco said later confirmed the attack had triggered a “limited” gas fire which had been brought under control, but insisted it had no impact on oil production. However, Saudi Energy Minister said the Houthis posed a “threat to the global economy. A military spokesman said the group had targeted the oil field with 10 drones earlier today, in what he said was the “biggest attack in the depths” of the kingdom, the world’s top oil exporter, by the Iran-aligned group.

The attack will do little to ease the already tense situation with Iran at loggerheads with the West, and US President having aborted a planned airstrike on Iranian targets earlier this year with just minutes to spare.

Mr al-Falih described Shaybah as a “vital facility”.

He added: “The target of this attack is the safety of global oil supply, not just the kingdom

The Houthis have stepped up cross-border missile and drone attacks on Saudi Arabia in recent months.

’s Tasnim News Agency reported Yemen’s armed forces spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Sare’e as saying the operation was launched as part of “a legitimate deterrence for the aggression crimes and siege” against the Yemeni nation.

He added: “Forces of aggression have no choice but to stop the war and lift the siege on the Yemeni people.”

The conflict is widely seen in the region as a proxy war between Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia and Shi’ite Muslim Iran.

In May, the Houthis claimed responsibility for a on two oil pumping stations in Saudi Arabia which caused a small fire, but did not disrupt oil output or exports of crude and petroleum products.

Falih called the attack a “terror and sabotage act” in line with previous targeting of Saudi pipelines and tankers in the Gulf.

The Saudi minister was referring to attacks in May and June on oil tankers – blamed by Washington on Tehran, which denied responsibility.

The coalition has responded to the Houthi drone attacks with air strikes on Houthi targets in Sanaa and other areas held by the group, which controls most large urban centres in Yemen.

Riyadh has accused Tehran of supplying the Houthis with the missiles and drones used in attacks on Saudi cities, a charge both and the group reject. The Houthis say they manufacture their own weapons and are fighting a corrupt system.

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