On November 12, Saudi authorities revealed that Ansar Allah (also known as ‘the Houthis’) had attacked an oil terminal in the southwestern city of Jizan.
An unnamed official in Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Energy told the al-Arabiya TV that two remotely-controlled water-born improvised explosive devices (WBIEDs) of the Houthis targeted the terminal late on November 11.
The Saudi-led coalition intercepted both WBIEDs, according to the official’s claims. Nevertheless, the interception led to a fire at the terminal’s floating oil pipelines. Firefighters extinguished the fire within a few hours. No human losses were reported.
“Such criminal acts directed against vital facilities do not target the kingdom alone, but they also target the security of oil exports, the stability of energy supplies to the world, the freedom of international trade, and the entire global economy,” the Ministry of Energy said in a statement.
Ansar Allah has been targeting Saudi-led coalition warships with WBIEDs for several years. However, this was the first time they used booby-trapped boats to attack an oil facility.
The Yemeni group’s stepped up its attacks on Saudi Arabia recently in response to the Saudi-led coalition airstrikes and the siege imposed on Yemen.
The Saudi-led coalition said that it had intercepted five suicide drones which were launched by the Houthis on November 12 only. The Yemeni group will not likely stop its attack on the Kingdom any time soon.
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