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Houthi Drone Attacks spark Fires at Saudi ARAMCO oil

Drone attacks claimed by Yemen’s Houthi rebels have caused fires at two major facilities run by Saudi Aramco, according to the  interior ministry .

Huge palls of smoke rose into the sky after the pre-dawn attacks on Abqaiq and Khurais, two major Aramco facilities in eastern Saudi Arabia as the state-owned giant prepares for a much-anticipated stock listing.

Houthi rebels, who have been waging a five-year war with Saudi led forces in their Yemeni homeland, claimed responsibility for the “massive offensive operation” and said 10  drones were used in the “bombing”.

The attacks highlight how the increasingly advanced weaponry of the Iran-linked Houthi rebels — from ballistic missiles to unmanned drones — poses a serious threat to oil installations in Saudi Arabia, the world’s top crude exporter.

Interior ministry spokesman Mansour al-Turki said the two fires have been controlled and  there were no casualties. But the full extent of the damage was not immediately clear.

The statement added that an investigation had been launched after the attack in the kingdom’s Eastern Province, but did not specify whether operations at the two facilities had been affected.

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