Houthi attack on Saudi oil field causes 'limited damage'

Saudi Arabia's oil production and exports remained uninterrupted after the Iran-backed Houthis (Ansarallah) on Saturday (August 17th) fired explosive-laden drones at the kingdom's Shaybah oil field, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The early Saturday morning attack on a processing unit of Shaybah’s natural gas plant in the eastern part of the kingdom caused "a limited fire", said Saudi Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid al-Falih.

The fire was quickly controlled and extinguished, and while there was minor damage, the kingdom's oil production and exports were not interrupted as a result of the attack, he said.

Al-Falih said Saudi Arabia condemns the attack in the strongest terms.

This act of sabotage is a continuation of the series of attacks targeting the global oil supply chain that include those targeting oil pipelines in the kingdom and tankers in the Arabian Gulf, he said.

He emphasized that these attacks not only target Saudi Arabia, but also the global energy supply, and through that the global economy.

This highlights the need for the international community to confront all entities that carry out such acts of sabotage, including the Houthis, he said.

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