Arabia: Thaad and Patriot unable to cope with Houthi drones

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Riyadh recognizes that two pumping stations on the east-west oil pipeline of Saudi Arabia have been hit by Yemeni drones. The Thaad missiles that Riyadh recently received from the US ally, as well as its improved Patriot missiles, appear to be unable to intercept the drones of the Yemeni army and the Ansarullah movement.

Saudi officials have admitted that oil installations in the country have been hit by drones from the Yemeni army.

About five hours after Yemeni forces reported drone strikes against “vital installations” in Saudi Arabia, Saudi officials also recognized them, the Fars News news agency reported on Tuesday (May 14th).

The Saudi intelligence spokesman admitted that two oil installations in Riyadh province had been hit, while the Saudi energy minister also reported the fire in the facilities of the state-owned company.

“Two oil pumping stations belonging to the company ARAMCO in the governorates of al-Dawadmi and Afif have been partially targeted,” said the spokesman of Saudi Intelligence.

Al-Dawadmi and Afif are two governorates of the Riyadh region in central Saudi Arabia, located respectively 230 and 390 km from the capital. The distance between Saada, the most northerly Yemeni city, and these two provinces of Saudi Arabia, is 800 or 850 km.

Saudi Energy Minister Khaled Al-Faleh announced that between 6 am and 6:30 am on Tuesday, May 14, two pumping stations from the east-west pipeline were transferring oil from wells. from the Shar-Sharqiyah region to the Yanbu port in the west, had been targeted by suicide drones, which caused, according to the minister, a fire in station number 8, causing “limited” damage. Riyadh is trying to underestimate these attacks.

Earlier on Tuesday morning, a Yemeni military source who requested anonymity reported strikes against “vital installations” on Saudi territory, “in response to recent attacks by the Saudi coalition against Yemeni civilians in Saada.” The source told Al-Masirah that the strikes had been carried out by 7 drones.

For his part, Yemeni Deputy Intelligence Minister Fahmi al-Youssefi announced that the operation on Tuesday, May 14, by the Yemeni army’s UAV unit was an unprecedented move transmitting several messages. The most important message, according to this Yemeni authority, is the following: “The very people who had no weapon other than Kalashnikovs are now able to build drones that strike the heart of the country. of the coalition.”

Similarly, a member of the Ansarullah Political Council, Mohammed al-Bukhaiti, told Al-Jazeera that the strikes were carried out with the aim of expanding the list of targets belonging to Saudi Arabia and the Emirates. United Arab Emirates, to convince both countries to reconsider their hostile policies in Yemen.

Meanwhile, an information site specializing in economic news reports that oil prices rose on Tuesday as rising geopolitical tensions in the Middle East cloud demand prospects, easing worries about oil prices. intensification of the trade war between the United States and China.

US WTI crude oil futures for June rose 0.14% to trade at $ 61.14 a barrel. International Brent Oil futures for July delivery rose 0.34% to $ 70.48 a barrel.

The website states that oil prices rose after Saudi Arabia announced that two of its tankers had been sabotaged off the United Arab Emirates. The possible impacts of the explosions of the oil pumping stations of Tuesday in Saudi Arabia on the crude markets are still waiting.


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