Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Output of Saudi oil refinery drops following Yemen attacks

Production at Saudi Arabia’s oil refinery in Yanbu has dropped temporarily following Yemen's drone and missile attacks against the kingdom, the Saudi state news agency SPA said on Sunday.

The refinery, known as Yasref, on the Red Sea, will compensate for the shortfall from its stockpiles, the news agency added, citing a source at the Saudi energy ministry.

Yasref stands for Yanbu Aramco Sinopec Refining Co., a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and China Petrochemical Corporation (Sinopec), according to the refinery’s website.

Oil firm Saudi Aramco claimed earlier on Sunday that the attack did not impact supplies or cause casualties.

The spokesman for Yemeni armed forces has said Yemeni troops carried out a large-scale offensive, dubbed Operation Breaking the Siege II, against a number of vital and sensitive targets deep inside Saudi Arabia, using domestically-developed ballistic and cruise missiles as well as combat drones.

Speaking at a press conference in the capital Sana’a on Sunday, Brigadier General Yahya Saree stated that Yemeni troops and their allies pounded the facilities of Aramco company in the Saudi capital Riyadh, in addition to several important sites in the cities of Yanbu, Abha, Khamis Mushait, Jizan, Samtah and Dhahran al-Janub.

“God willing, Yemeni armed forces will carry on special military operations to break the brutal siege. The strikes will be against critical and sensitive targets, which the enemy would never imagine,” Saree pointed out.

He also highlighted that Yemeni armed forces have the complete coordinates of vital targets deep inside Saudi Arabia, adding they could come under attack at any time.

“The Yemeni army warns the criminal enemy of the consequences of its oppressive siege on the country’s economic facilities and projects. Yemeni armed forces have always declared they will hit the strategic and sensitive facilities of the Saudi-led coalition’s member states as long as the siege persists,” he added.

Saudi Arabia launched the devastating war against Yemen in March 2015 in collaboration with a number of its allies and with arms and logistics support from the US and several Western states.

The objective was to bring back to power the former Riyadh-backed regime and crush the popular Ansarullah resistance movement, which has been running state affairs in the absence of an effective government in Yemen.

The war has stopped well short of all of its goals, despite killing hundreds of thousands of Yemenis and turning the entire country into the scene of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

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