Saudi Arabia foils Houthi attacks on Ras Tanura port, Aramco facility

Saudi Arabia has derailed a drone assault on oil reservoirs at Ras Tanura Port and a ballistic missile attack on a residential compound of workers of the country’s energy giant Aramco, announced the Saudi Energy Ministry.

“One of the petroleum tank areas at the Ras Tanura Port in the Eastern Region, one of the largest oil shipping ports in the world, was attacked this morning by a drone, coming from the sea,” the Saudi Press Agency quoted an official spokesman of the Energy Ministry as saying Sunday.

The spokesman added that another deliberate attempt was also made this evening to attack Saudi Aramco’s facilities.

“Shrapnel from a ballistic missile fell near Saudi Aramco’s residential area in the city of Dhahran, where thousands of the company’s employees and their families from different nationalities live,” he stated.

He said that both attacks did not result in any injury or loss of life or property.

In his statement, the spokesman stressed that the Kingdom condemns and criminalizes such repeated acts of sabotage and hostility.

“The Kingdom calls on nations and organizations of the world to stand together against these attacks, which are aimed at civilian objects and vital installations,” he said. “Such acts of sabotage do not only target the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, but also the security and stability of energy supplies to the world, and therefore, the global economy. They affect the security of petroleum exports, freedom of world trade, and maritime traffic.” He added that hey also expose coasts and territorial waters to grave environmental catastrophes due to potential leakage of petroleum or petroleum products.

Source: Kuwait News Agency