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Aramco Oil Facility Attacked By Houthi In Southern Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is leading a military coalition in Yemen to support an internationally recognized government

Riyadh:

Huthi rebels launched several attacks into southern Saudi Arabia Saturday, including one on a facility operated by oil company Aramco in Jizan, the Saudi -led coalition fighting rebels in Yemen said in a statement.

Cited by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the coalition said that four drones had been launched into the province, which were regularly targeted by Huthi drones and missile strikes.

There was no loss of life, he said.

In addition to the Aramco facility, the rebels also hit a desalination plant in Al-Shaqeeq.

In a later statement, the coalition announced that the Dhahran Al-Janoub power station near Jizan had also been attacked-with the SPA posting pictures and video clips showing firefighters dealing with fires at the site.

The fourth target is the petrol station on Khamis Mushait.

Drones were intercepted and destroyed near Yemen after the attack, with ballistic missiles fired towards the town of Jazan also stopped, the coalition said.

The latest round of attacks came after an oil refinery in the Saudi capital, Riyadh was targeted on March 10 by drones, an operation Huthis alleged.

Earlier this week, Huthi turned down invitations from six Gulf Cooperation Council countries to attend talks on the Yemeni conflict, which will be held in Riyadh from March 29.

Saudi Arabia is leading a military alliance in Yemen to support an internationally recognized government, which has been embroiled in a bloody conflict against the Huthi since mid -2014.

The war has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, directly or indirectly, and left millions homeless, in what the United Nations calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

On Wednesday, the UN voiced frustration after a donor conference raised $ 1.3 billion, far short of the $ 4.27 billion target.

Huthi rebels often target airports and oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, one of the world’s largest oil exporters, with a background of military coalition government leadership opposing them.

The latest attack comes as Aramco prepares to announce its 2021 results on Sunday.

The global oil market is in turmoil about the impact of the Russian invasion on Ukraine and its impact on energy supply.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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