Kuwait condemns Houthis' targeting of Saudi oil facility

Cheryl Sanders
November 24, 2020

Yemen's Iran-backed Huthi rebels said they launched a missile that struck a Saudi Aramco oil distribution facility in the Red Sea city of Jeddah on Monday. Aramco was distributing products again three hours afterward, the official said.

The Houthis, who have been fighting the Yemeni government in a civil war since 2015, frequently fire missiles into Saudi Arabia, some of which are intercepted.

The Houthis, a Shiite group, also claimed responsibility for the attacks a year ago on Abqaiq and Khurais, which temporarily halted about 5% of global oil supply and caused crude prices briefly to soar. He also posted a satellite image with the label: "North Jeddah bulk plant-Saudi Aramco".

". the missile force was able to target the Aramco distribution station in Jeddah with a winged missile, Quds 2, which entered service recently", Houthi military spokesman Yahya Saree tweeted.

Media sources quoted Sarea as stating: "The strike was very accurate, and ambulances and fire engines rushed to the target".

That facility is just southeast of Jeddah's King Abdulaziz International Airport, an important site that handles incoming Muslim pilgrims en route to nearby Mecca.

Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for the attack.

Yemen has been locked in conflict since 2014 when the Houthis seized Sanaa, the capital, and then much of the country's north.

Sarea said the strike had been carried out in response to the Saudi-led coalition's actions in Yemen. The Saudi-led coalition has responded with air strikes on Houthi-held territory.

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