Yemen’s Houthis attack Saudi oil heartland again with drones, missiles

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Yemen’s Houthi forces fired drones and missiles at the heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry on Sunday, including a Saudi Aramco facility at Ras Tanura vital to petroleum exports, in what Riyadh called a failed assault on global energy security.

The Saudi energy ministry said there were no casualties or loss of property from the attacks. The defence ministry said it intercepted an armed drone coming from the sea prior to hitting its target at an oil storage yard at Ras Tanura, site of a refinery and the world’s biggest offshore oil loading facility.

After the attack, international benchmark Brent crude futures jumped above $70 for the first time in more than a year on Monday.

(Sources: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/03/08/brent-breaks-70-after-houthis-attack-saudi-arabias-oil-facilities.html, https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-saudi/yemens-houthis-attack-saudi-oil-heartland-with-drones-missiles-idUSKBN2AZ03F?il=0&utm_source=mandiner&utm_medium=link&utm_campaign=mandiner_202103 )

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