Yemen’s Houthi rebels have attacked Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities with drones, the Houthi-run Al-Mashirah news agency said Saturday.
A Yemen armed forces spokesman was quoted by the agency as saying the Houthis successfully carried out a “large-scale” operation with 10 drones targeting Saudi Aramco oil facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais.
The Saudi interior ministry said the drone attacks caused fires at two facilities of the state-owned oil company. In a statement on Twitter, the ministry said the fires were under control and that authorities are still investigating the incident.
The Yemen armed forces spokesman said the operation was a “legitimate and natural” response to “the enemy’s aggression and blockade” of Yemen.
Saudi Arabia has been leading a military campaign to quash the Houthi rebels in Yemen since March 2015. The conflict is widely seen as a proxy war between the Saudi and Iran, which has been backing the Houthis.
‘We promise the Saudi regime that the next operation will be wider and more painful if the blockade and aggression continues”, the spokesman added.