UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Two pumping stations for a main pipeline transporting oil from eastern Saudi Arabia to the west have been attacked by drones, which led to the suspension of oil pumping , the Riyadh news agency reported on Tuesday.
“Two pumping stations for the East-West pipeline, which carries Saudi oil from oil fields in the eastern region to the port of Yanbu on the west coast, were attacked by (unmanned) drone aircraft,” Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Faleh said in a statement.
“Saudi Aramco has stopped pumping in the pipeline where the damage is being assessed and the station is being repaired to restore the pipeline and pump it back to normal,” he said, stressing “Saudi Arabia’s continued production and exports of crude oil and products without interruption.”
On the other hand, a spokesman for the Houthis Mohamed Abdel Salam that the targeting of Saudi facilities by aircraft march came to respond to the “crimes and siege” in Yemen.
“The process of targeting vital Saudi facilities came in response to the continuing aggression in committing genocide and imposing a siege on an entire people,” Abdul Salam wrote on his Twitter account.
“There is no choice but for our dear people to defend themselves.”
The two stations are located in the provinces of Dawadmi and Afif province in Riyadh, 220 km and 380 km east of the Saudi capital.
The pipeline has a length of about 1,200 km, and passes through at least five million barrels of oil a day from the eastern region rich in ore to the western region on the Red Sea coast.
The pipeline allows the kingdom to transport oil from the eastern region and export it via Red Sea ports away from the Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, where tensions between the United States and Iran are rising.
According to al-Faleh, “this terrorist act and sabotage, and the recent actions in the Arabian Gulf against vital installations not only target the Kingdom, but the safety of energy supplies to the world, and the global economy.”
Stressing the “importance of addressing all terrorist organizations that carry out such acts of sabotage, including the Houthi militias in Yemen supported by Iran.”
The Yemeni Houthis had announced earlier through Al-Masirah channel, spokeswoman for the targeting of “vital Saudi facilities” with seven unmanned aircraft, pointing out that “this large-scale military operation in response to the continued aggression and siege on our people.”
Saudi Arabia, the world’s top oil exporter, is leading a military alliance against rebels accused of receiving Iranian support in Yemen, along with internationally recognized government forces.
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