Saudi confirms drone attack on its oil facility Mar 09, 2021 0 358 12345 dpa Sana’a/Riyadh A Saudi oil facility was on Sunday the target of a drone attack, an energy official in the kingdom said.“One of the oil storage yards at the Ras Tanura port [in eastern Saudi Arabia] came on Sunday morning under a drone attack coming from the sea,” the unnamed official said, according to Saudi state television al-Ekhbariya. In the evening, shrapnel from a ballistic missile fell near a residential quarter of the Aramco oil company in Saudi Arabia’s eastern city of Dhahran, where thousands of the firm’s employees and their families from different nationalities live, the monarchy’s Energy Ministry said.Both attacks resulted in no casualties or damage, according to the official.The Saudi Defence Ministry called both attacks a “terrorist, cowardly aggression,” targeting the world’s energy supplies.The Saudi confirmation came shortly after Yemen’s Houthi rebels said they had attacked an Aramco facility at the Ras Tanura port and other sites in neighbouring Saudi Arabia that is leading an alliance fighting the Iran-linked rebels.A total of 14 drones and eight ballistic missiles were used in the operation, Houthi military spokesman Yehia Serae said in an online statement.He vowed more “painful” military operations in Saudi territory.The Houthis targeted Aramco in November, with Riyadh later saying that the attack had caused a fire at a distribution station, but that fuel supplies were not affected.In a much bigger incident in 2019, two Aramco facilities were attacked, temporarily disrupting crude oil production.The Houthis claimed responsibility for the attacks although Saudi Arabia and the United States blamed Iran, which denied involvement.In recent weeks, Saudi Arabia has been the target of increasing drone and missile attacks by the Houthis.Earlier Sunday, the Saudi-led coalition said it had intercepted and destroyed 10 drones fired by the Houthis targeting civilians in the oil-rich monarchy.The coalition also destroyed two ballistic missiles launched by the rebels towards Jazan, Saudi state television al-Arabiya reported.The coalition on Sunday mounted a series of airstrikes on Yemen’s rebel-held capital Sana’a, local residents said.At least four civilians were injured in the bombardment, pro-Houthi television al-Masirah said. The Saudi-led coalition confirmed the strikes, describing them as painful.“The military operation targets the Houthi capabilities in the occupied capital Sana’a and a number of [Yemeni] provinces,” the coalition, said, according to the official Saudi news agency SPA.Yemen has been roiled by a devastating power struggle between a Saudi-backed government and the Houthis since late 2014.In 2015, the Saudi-led coalition started a military campaign against the Houthis in Yemen.US President Joe Biden has declared an end to US support for the military campaign in Yemen led by Saudi Arabia, a regional rival of Iran.Biden also named long-time diplomat Tim Lenderking as US special envoy for the country. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Pakistan women rally for rights in defiance of religious hardliners Mar 09, 2021 0 283 Pope returns from Iraq visit, criticises treatment of women Mar 09, 2021 0 343 Afghanistan receives 468,000 vaccine doses Mar 09, 2021 0 822 Afghan leaders angered by Blinken on peace process dpa Washington Afghan politicians reacted angrily on Monday to the tone of a letter sent by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to the government in Kabul that made suggestions about accelerating the peace process, .. Eight killed in fire at migrant facility in war-torn Yemen Sana’a: At least eight people died on Sunday and 170 others were injured in a fire at a holding facility for migrants in war-devastated Yemen, the UN migration agency said. “Eight people confirmed dead; the total death .. Israel starts vaccination of Palestinian workers dpa Tel Aviv The Israeli authorities have officially started COVID-19 vaccinations of Palestinians who have a work permit for Israel and the West Bank settlements. Vaccination stations have been set up at several .. Syrian president Assad, wife Asma test +ve for COVID Damascus: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma have tested positive for the coronavirus but are in good health, according to a statement from the presidency. They did a PCR test after experiencing “mild ..