Saudis say they thwarted attack on oil facility near Yemen
Dubai, United Arab Emirates (AP) — In the early morning of Friday Saudi Arabia announced that it thwarted an assault on the Aramcos oil delivery center by Yemeni rebels who sponsored the Iranian government, involving unmanaged vessels carrying explosives sent to the Red Sea.
In remarks made by the state-owned Saudi Press Agency, an unnamed Energy Ministry official stated that the Saudi security forces had captured and demolished two explosive boats which the Houthi rebels in the Yemeni province of Izan claimed used to attack a major refinery and terminal.
The alleged assault took place late Wednesday at a platform for the discharge. According to the energy official, floating slides unloading oil shot the blaze which suffered no injury.
The assault was firmly criticized by the official as a danger to shipping near Bab al-Mandeb, a vitally significant strait, used to transport oil from the Gulf to Europe, as well as commodities from Asia to Europe.
There was no immediate acknowledgment by rebel Yemenans who, during a fierce five-year war against a Saudi-led military alliance, regularly shot drones and missiles targeted at oil pipelines, airports, and cities on Saudi mainland.
In September 2019, two main oil installations in Saudi Arabia were hit by drone attacks alleged by the Houthis, halting around half of the world's largest oil exporter in supplies.
The attack was traced to Iran, which refused participation, by Saudi Arabia and the USA.
Saudi Arabia also appears to be foiling cross-border assaults against Houthi, but there is very little proof that the accounts can be confirmed independently.
The Houthis, perceived by Saudi Arabia to be Iranian proxies, in 2014 have surpassed the capital of Yemen and much of the north, forcing the government to exile.
More than 100,000 people died of war in the poorest nation of the Arab world, forced millions to the edge of poverty and sunk the UN.
The biggest humanitarian situation in the world is named.