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Yemeni rebels target Saudi oil installation with ballistic missile

Published time: 22 Dec, 2015 20:44 - Edited time: 22 Dec, 2015 20:57


Houthi rebels have targeted a Saudi oil installation near the city of Jizan, in
the southwest of the country. Houthis said that they hit the target while
Saudis claimed to have intercepted the missile.


“The missile precisely hit Aramco Oil Company on Monday night,” Yemeni
Army Spokesman Brigadier General Sharaf Luqman said, reported Iran’s
semi-official Fars news agency citing Arabic-language media outlets.


He added that the attack came in retaliation to the “Saudi-led aggressors'
violation of UN-sponsored ceasefire” but did not give any further details
about damages that the plant allegedly suffered.


Saudi Arabia confirmed the attack but said the missile had been intercepted
by the kingdom’s air defense systems, state media report as cited by
Reuters.


The Saudi Arabian Oil Company also denied a strike on its compound in
Jazan Economic City which is located 80 kilometers north of Jizan and
about 150 kilometers from the border with Yemen. All the facilities in the
area managing “safe and normal operations”, the company said.


This is not the first time that the Houthis have used ballistic missiles against
Saudi Arabia and its allies. On Friday the rebels launched two missiles: One
of them was intercepted by the Saudi air defense while another one landed
in a deserted area.


In early September the Houthi rebels attacked an ammunition depot,
allegedly with a missile, in the oil-producing Marib area of central Yemen
killing at least 45 Saudi-led coalition troops.


The instability in Yemen started in 2011 when president Saleh was toppled
during protests which were part of the Arab Spring. In 2014 Houthi Shia
rebels supported by pro-Saleh forces rose in rebellion and seized big
territories including the capital Sanaa.


In March, 2015, the Saudi-led coalition launched an airstrike campaign
against the rebels. Last week the UN initiated a seven-day ceasefire in
Yemen which seems to have been violated by all parties to the conflict.


The conflict has already claimed about 6,000 lives and forced 2.5 million out
of their homes.


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