Yemen's Houthis strike Saudi Aramco target in Jeddah

Clay Curtis
November 24, 2020

Pakistan on Tuesday strongly condemned the missile attack by Houthi militants at a petroleum distribution terminal in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and called for immediate cessation of such incidents violating the Kingdom's territorial integrity.

A Houthi military spokesman claimed a missile was sacked at the distribution station located in Saudi Arabia's Red Sea city of Jeddah, according to media sources.

Announcing the attack, a military spokesman for the Houthis warned that "operations will continue".

He said the recent attack was a continuation of the Iran-sponsored assaults on Aramco's Abqaiq and Khurais refineries from a year ago, in which rebels allegedly used Iranian-made cruise missiles and bomb-laden drones. Google Maps shows a facility matching that image and description, in fact.

The attack was confirmed by a Saudi official who told the Saudi state news agency (SPA) it was a "terrorist attack with a projectile". Aramco's oil production and export facilities are mostly in Saudi's Eastern Province, more than 1,000 km (620) across the country from Jeddah.

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

The attack was in response to Saudi-led actions in Yemen, said Sarea.

More than 10,000 civilians have been killed, mostly by coalition airstrikes, according to the United Nations and rights groups.

Over the nearly six-year-old war, Houthi forces have carried out many missile and drone strikes on civilian airports and oil infrastructure in Saudi, as well as on the capital Riyadh.

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