Fire at Saudi oil terminal after Houthi boats intercepted



In this file photo from October 3rd, 2017, Saudi border guards stand inside a building which was reportedly hit by Houthi shelling in al-Khubah area in Jizan province. [Fayez Nureldine/AFP]

A fire broke out at an offshore Saudi oil terminal after two explosives-laden boats launched by the Iran-backed Houthis (Ansarallah) were intercepted by Saudi-led troops, the energy ministry said Friday (November 13th).

The "limited fire" at a terminal off the southern province of Jizan caused no casualties, a ministry statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency said.

The fire erupted after the Arab coalition on Wednesday intercepted and destroyed two boats rigged with explosives, launched by the Houthis.

"The operation, which occurred in close proximity to a floating offloading platform that belongs to the Jizan oil products terminal, resulted in a limited fire on the platform's floating hoses," the ministry said.

"The fire has been dealt with according to the rules."

Yemen's Houthis have stepped up attacks on neighbouring Saudi Arabia, mainly targeting southern provinces along their shared border.

Saudi Arabia has repeatedly accused Iran of supplying sophisticated weapons to the Houthis, a charge Tehran denies.

In September 2019, attacks on the Abqaiq processing plant and Khurais oilfield temporarily halved the kingdom's crude output and caused turmoil in global energy markets.

The US and Saudi Arabia held Iran responsible for those attacks.

After the latest assault, the ministry said "such criminal acts directed against vital facilities do not target the kingdom alone, but also the security of oil exports, the stability of energy supplies to the world".

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