Yemen’s Houthi movement said on Tuesday it fired several ballistic missiles and 25 armed drones into Saudi Arabia, targeting Aramco oil facilities in Jeddah and the defence ministry in Riyadh.
The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis in Yemen said late on Monday that one missile had been intercepted over the Saudi capital, where residents reported loud blasts.
Aramco, which has a petroleum products distribution plant in Jeddah that the Iran-aligned Houthis had previously targeted, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. In 2019, strikes on the state oil firm’s eastern region facilities knocked out more than half of the Kingdom’s oil output.
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There were no reports of casualties or significant damage from Houthi strikes
A spokesman for the movement said its forces had fired six armed drones at Aramco’s Jeddah complex and the King Fahad airbase in Saudi’s Taif region, according to a statement broadcast on the group Massira TV. He said military sites in Riyadh and the city’s airport were also targeted.
The Houthi movement has stepped up cross-border attacks as the Saudi-led coalition has intensified its airstrikes on the capital Sanaa and the gas-rich Marib region, which has this year become the focus of the seven-year-old war and where thousands of fighters from both sides have been killed.
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Saudi Arabia’s reaction
The Saudis accuse Iran of supplying the Houthis with missiles, while the U.N. investigators have said some of the weapons have technical characteristics similar to arms manufactured by Iran. The Houthis say they manufacture their weapons themselves.
The Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen war in 2015 after the Houthis invaded Sanaa and ousted the internationally recognized government in 2014.
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The war has killed tens of thousands, predominantly civilians, and peace efforts led by the United Nations – which says the conflict has caused the world’s largest humanitarian crisis – have stalled.
Reuters with additional input by GVS