Yemen’s Houthis target Aramco, other Saudi sites in missile, drone attacks

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Dubai (Reuters) – Yemen’s Houthi movement said on Dec 7 it fired several ballistic missiles and 25 armed drones into Saudi Arabia, targeting Aramco oil facilities in Jeddah and the defence ministry in Riyadh.

The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis in Yemen said late on Dec 6 that one missile had been intercepted over the Saudi capital, where residents reported loud blasts.

Aramco, which has a petroleum products distribution plant in Jeddah that the Iran-aligned Houthis had previously targeted, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. In 2019, strikes on the state oil firm’s eastern region facilities knocked out more than half of the Kingdom’s oil output.

There were no reports of casualties or significant damage from the latest Houthi strikes.

A spokesman for the movement said its forces had fired six armed drones at Aramco’s Jeddah complex and the King Fahad air base in Saudi’s Taif region, according to a statement broadcast on the group Massira TV. He said military sites in Riyadh and the city’s airport were also targeted.

The Houthi movement has stepped up cross-border attacks as the Saudi-led coalition has intensified its air strikes on the capital Sanaa and the gas-rich Marib region, which has this year become the focus of the seven-year-old war and where thousands of fighters from both sides have been killed.

The Saudis accuse Iran of supplying the Houthis with missiles, while the U.N. investigators have said some of the weapons have technical characteristics similar to arms manufactured by Iran. The Houthis say they manufacture their weapons themselves.