He acknowledged that the "Shaybah" field had been attacked by "drones". Saudi Energy Minister: Attack targets world's energy supply

He acknowledged that the "Shaybah" field had been attacked by "drones". Saudi Energy Minister: Attack targets world's energy supply

Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih acknowledged that Aramco's Al-Shaybah oil field was attacked by a drone on Saturday morning, without naming who was behind the attack.
Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, Khalid Al-Falih, announced that at 6:20 a.m. today (17 August, 2019), a processing unit of Shaybah’s natural gas plant was targeted by explosive-laden drones, resulting in a limited fire.
The fire was quickly controlled and extinguished resulting in minor damages and thankfully with no causalities to personnel. Saudi Arabia’s oil production and exports were not interrupted as a result of this terrorist attack.
Al-Falih also stressed that Saudi Arabia condemns in the strongest terms this cowardly attack, and affirms that this action of sabotage is a continuation of the series of vulgar attacks targeting the global oil supply chain that including those that were recently launched against oil pipelines in the Kingdom and tankers in the Arabian Gulf amongst others. He emphasized that these attacks not only target Saudi Arabia, but also the global energy security of supply and through that the global economy, demonstrating once again the imperative for the global community to confront all terrorist entities that carry out such acts of sabotage, including the Iranian-backed Houthi militias in Yemen.

Al-Houthi militia on Saturday announced the targeting of two Saudi Aramco oil facilities with 10 drones.

"The air force has carried out the largest attack on the Saudi rear since the start of the war," said a spokesman for the Houthi militia.

The  spokesman for the Houthi militia forces “Suray’a” said that "Ten drone aircraft targeted Aramco's Al-Shaybah field and refinery in the east of the kingdom as part of operation Balance of Deterrence,"

"The Shaybah field and refinery has the largest strategic stockpile in the Kingdom and can accommodate more than one billion barrels," Suray’a said, adding that the operation "comes within the framework of deterrence and a legitimate response to the crimes of aggression and its siege."


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