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Saudi Oil Pumping Stations Hit in Terror Attack

Saudi Oil Pumping Stations Hit in Terror Attack

Tuesday, 14 May, 2019 - 11:00
Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih speaks during the Gulf Intelligence Saudi Arabia Energy Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia April 8, 2019. REUTERS /Stringer.
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Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said on Tuesday that two oil pumping stations for the East-West pipeline had been targeted by drones, calling the attack "an act of terrorism" that targeted global oil supplies.

The pipeline carries Saudi oil from fields in the eastern province to the port of Yanbu on the west coast. 

Falih said that Saudi oil output and exports for crude and refined products were continuing without disruption, but that Saudi Aramco had halted oil pumping in the pipeline while the damage was evaluated and the stations were repaired, according to a statement carried by the state news agency SPA.

The minister said the attack took place between 6-6:30 a.m.

The Kingdom's state security body also said in a statement carried by SPA that two Aramco oil infrastructure sites in the greater region of Riyadh were targeted at the same time.

The statement described it as a "limited targeting" of petroleum stations in al-Dudami and Afif.

Falih said the two recent attacks threatened global oil supplies and proved the need to counter "terrorist groups behind such sabotage operations" including the Iranian-backed Houthi militias in Yemen.

The Iran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen later claimed responsibility for the attack.

Spokesman for the group, Mohammed Abdulsalam, said that seven booby-trapped drones were used in the attack.

He vowed that more attacks will be carried out against Saudi Arabia. The first, he said, will be economic, which is what took place with the oil pipelines and the later ones will be announced after they take place.

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