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Yemeni rebels launch barrage on strikes on Saudi Arabian site

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Yemen’s Houthi rebels unleashed one of Saudi Arabia’s most violent drone and missile attacks on Sunday, causing a fire in one place and another. Temporarily reduced oil production.

As the war in Yemen entered its eighth year and peace talks stagnated, salvos showed a serious escalation of rebel attacks on the kingdom.

The Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen did not cause any casualties, but attacked a site belonging to one of the world’s most important energy companies, damaging private vehicles and homes. An explosive dispatched by Houthis in the busy South Red Sea.

A few hours after Amin H. Nasser, CEO of oil giant Aramco, told reporters that the attack did not affect oil supply, Saudi Aramco’s Ministry of Energy said a drone attack targeting the Yanbu Aramco Sinopec Refining Company ” He admitted that it caused a “temporary decline in refinery production.”

The turmoil is “compensated from inventories,” the ministry said without detail, as oil prices are already skyrocketing in tight energy markets.

Later that day, another aerial attack struck the fuel tank of the Aramco power distribution station in Jeddah’s port city, causing a fire. Late at night, Saudi Aramco’s military coalition said it had been destroyed, so the roaring and rattling noises of missile interceptors rattled the port city. Increased projectiles over Jeddah. Residents have posted on social media footage showing the lines of light from missile defense penetrating the dark sky.

A wave of relentless strikes has revealed a lasting gap in the range and accuracy of rebels and the kingdom’s air defense. A sophisticated strike against the Aramco oil facility in 2019 is a sophisticated strike on the kingdom’s oil production. Knocked out half He threatened to ignite a crisis in the region — an attack that the United States and Riyadh later claimed to have come from Iran.

The attack on Sunday came after Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil company, announced in 2021 that profits surged 124% to reach $ 110 billion. This was driven by new concerns about global supply shortages and rising oil prices.

Aramco, also known as Saudi Aramco, announced its annual earnings weeks after the turbulent fluctuations in the energy market caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Brent crude, the international oil benchmark, surged above $ 107 on Sunday after approaching a peak of $ 140 earlier this month. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have so far resisted Western complaints. Increasing oil production to offset Russia’s oil losses associated with soaring gasoline prices.

Yemen’s support for Iran Houthi spokesman Yehia Sally has launched a “widespread and large-scale military operation” in retaliation for the Saudi-led “aggression and blockade” that turned much of Yemen into a wasteland. Said it started.

Escalation talks about “a possible truce during the holy month of Ramadan” when Yemen’s UN special envoy Hans Grundberg meets with Houthi chief negotiators and Omani officials after a surge in diplomacy in Muscat, the capital of Oman, over the weekend. We talked. In April, the UN mission said.

The White House accused the attack and accused Iran of supplying the Houthi with missile and drone parts, training and expertise.

“It’s time to end this war, but it can only happen if the Houthi agrees to work with the United Nations. The United States fully supports these efforts,” said US National Security Adviser. Jake Sullivan said.

The Saudi-led military coalition reported aerial attacks on a variety of facilities, including the Aramco liquefied gas plant at Yanbu’s Red Sea port, the oil storage plant at Jeddah, the desalination facility at Al Shakik on the Red Sea coast, and Aramco. Above all, an oil facility in the southern border town of Zizan.

The extent of damage to Saudi Arabia’s infrastructure remains unclear, and the ministry said that only the Yanbu refinery saw a temporary decline in production. Yanbu Aramco Sinopec Refining Company in the Red Sea, a joint venture between Aramco and China, is pumping 400,000 barrels of oil. 1 day.

Saudi Press Agency shared a photo of a fire engine covering its bouncing flames with water and the remains of shrapnel created by shrapnel that broke through the ceiling and walls of the apartment.

The barrage will occur a few days after the Saudi Arabia-based Gulf Cooperation Council. Invited the war side of Yemen for peace talks in Riyadh — an unruly offer was rejected by the Houthis, who demanded that the negotiations take place in a “neutral” country.

Negotiations have failed since the Houthis attempted to occupy one of the last remaining bases in the northern part of the Yemeni government with Saudi Arabia, the oil-rich Malibu.

A brutal war in Yemen broke out in 2014 after the Iranian-backed Houthis occupied Sana’a, the capital of the country. Saudi Arabia and its allies have launched a devastating aerial operation to expel the Houthi and revive an internationally recognized government.

But a few years later, the war settled in a blood stalemate, creating one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world.

Coalition airstrikes hit Yemeni civilian targets such as hospitals and telecommunications centers And wedding receptions, eliciting widespread international criticism.

Repeated Houthi cross-border attacks have upset the global energy markets and increased the risk of disrupting production at Aramco’s site.

As part of its 2021 report, Aramco said it adhered to its commitment to pay a quarterly dividend of $ 18.75 billion ($ 75 billion last year) due to its commitment to shareholders for its initial public offering. rice field. Dividends will be sent to Saudi Aramco.

Despite Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s increasing efforts to diversify the Saudi economy from oil, the kingdom continues to rely heavily on oil exports to drive government spending.

Aramco expects to raise capital spending this year from $ 40 billion to $ 50 billion to meet rising energy demand, riding on the surge in revenues in 2021. This is a significant increase from last year’s $ 31.9 billion spending.

Aramco shares rose more than 3% on Sunday and traded on the Saudi Stock Exchange in Riyadh for about 43.20 riyals ($ 11.50) per share.

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Associated Press writer Samy Magdy of Cairo and Tom Strong of Washington contributed to this report.

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