Ten suicide unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) launched by the Houthis attacked on August 17 the Shaybah super-giant oil field in southeastern Saudi Arabia, in what was described as the biggest aerial operation by the Yemeni group yet.
The attack, dubbed Operation Deterrent Balance 1, targeted the oil field’s wells and its main refinery, according to Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari, a spokesman for the Houthis.
“Operation Deterrent Balance 1 comes within the framework of deterrence and legitimate response to the crimes of the aggression and the siege on the Yemeni people,” the spokesman said, warning that the Houthis’ bank of targets is “expanding day by day.”
Located near the border with the UAE, the Shaybah is one of Saudi Arabia’s biggest oil fields. The filed produces up to 1,000,000 barrels per day.
The Houthis likely used Samad-3 UAVs in the attack. This type of UAVs, which was showcased by the Yemeni group last month, is known for its long-range.
According to the Reuters news agency, a Saudi official acknowledged the attack. The official claimed that the attack was carried out by three UAVs and caused “slight damage” in the oilfield’s gas station only.