Yemen's al-Houthi group said on Saturday it had attacked oil facilities in Saudi Arabia's Shaybah with 10 drones, while Saudi Arabia said the damage was minor.
Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, leader of Yemen's Houthi group, commented on Saturday that targeting the Shiba oil refinery in southeast Saudi Arabia was a common lesson and an important warning for the UAE.
This came in a televised speech broadcast by the group's march, hours after the latter announced that ten drones targeted the Shiba field and refinery belonging to Saudi Aramco (southeast of the Kingdom).
The leader of the group that "Saudi Arabia will lose at the level of security, political and social, and at the level of reputation in the world," adding that Saudi Arabia could have enjoyed security and stability, in return for the Yemeni people to get security and stability.
In his speech, Houthi warned that his group's military capabilities would develop further if coalition operations continued in Yemen. He said that the air force operation, which he called "deterrence balance" carries important messages "to the forces of aggression," stressing that this operation is an important warning to the UAE.
|Houthi group attacked oil facilities in Saudi Arabia's Shaybah with 10 drones (Reuters)|
The biggest operation
Houthi forces spokesman Yahya Sari said the air force "carried out the largest attack on the Saudi depth since the start of the aggression (coalition operations) on Yemen."
He added that ten drones targeted Aramco's Shaybah refinery and field, pointing out that the Shaybah refinery and field includes the largest strategic stockpile in the Kingdom, and can accommodate more than one billion barrels.
Al-Houthi vowed that Saudi Arabia and the UAE would "carry out larger and wider operations if the aggression continues" and reiterated its call on all companies and civilians to "stay away from all vital sites and targets in the Kingdom because they have become legitimate targets and can be struck at any time."
He said that the group's goals bank "widens day after day," stressing that "there is no option for the forces of aggression and the Saudi regime only to stop the war and lift the siege on the Yemeni people."
For his part, Saudi Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khaled bin Abdul Aziz Al-Falih confirmed that one of the units of a natural gas plant in the Shaiba petroleum field was attacked "by booby-trapped aircraft".
The minister said it was a fire that was brought under control after causing limited damage, stressing that "the Kingdom's oil production and exports were not affected by this terrorist act."
Falih said that "this targeting of vital installations not only targets the Kingdom, but also targets the security of energy supplies to the world, and thus represents a threat to the global economy."
The Houthis recently stepped up attacks by drones on Saudi military and civilian sites, where the group spoke of a bank with 300 targets inside Saudi territory.
In May, the Houthis announced a similar attack with seven drones that it said targeted Aramco. Al-Falih then admitted that a booby-trapped attack on two pipeline pumping stations transporting oil from the Eastern Province fields to the port of Yanbu on the west coast.