Yemen's armed Houthi movement said on Wednesday it had launched a drone strike on a facility belonging to oil giant Saudi Aramco in southern Saudi Arabia - though the company said its plants there were operating "normally and safely". Yemen's Al Masirah TV, controlled by the Houthis, reported that the missile was targeting a Saudi Aramco facility in the city.
Saudi Arabia's missile interceptions came hours after Saudi air defences shot down two unmanned Yemeni drones in southern Saudi Arabia..
"The missile force carried out a large-scale ballistic missile attack on various parts of Saudi Arabia", Al Masirah said.
The news agency said that Saudi Aramco was building a refinery in Jizan planned to produce 400,000 barrels of oil a day from 2019.Читайте также: Former Test cricketer to lead second review, into player behaviour
There was no immediate comment from the government but according to Saudi news channel al-Arabiya, the explosions were caused by the Saudi air defence intercepting a rocket.
The war in Yemen, the region's poorest country, started in 2014 after Houthi rebels seized control of the capital and began pushing south towards the country's third-biggest city Aden.
Yemen's Houthis, who are alligned with the Iranian regime, have stepped up their missile attacks against Riyadh following a series of air raids. Saudi Arabia and the coalition it leads in Yemen accuse the Houthi movement of being sponsored and backed by Iran, while Tehran and the rebels deny those charges.
According to weapons monitor Conflict Armament Research (CAR), quoted by Reuters, CAR has evidence that the Qasif-1 drone used in today's strike was made in Iran, "in contrast to Houthi statements".При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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