The photos reveal that the Houthi attack sparked two large fires inside the oil field. Both fires were apparently put down by Saudi firefighters within 24 hours.
#Shaybah #SaudiArabia oil/gas facility allegedly struck by #Houthis drones yesterday looks spotless today. Here are three imageries: from 16.08.19, 17.08.19 (@sentinel_hub imagery with the flare and the dark spot) and todays 18.08.19 for comparison. pic.twitter.com/k1Tc7uwQKJ
— Observer IL (@Obs_IL) August 18, 2019
Saudi Aramco, which operates Shaybah, had acknowledged that the Houthi attack caused a fire in one of the field’s gas plants. The company also stressed that there were no injuries and no interruptions to oil operations.
The Houthis claimed that ten suicide unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) carried out the attack. However, Saudi Arabia said that only three drones were involved in the strike.
Shaybah, which is located in southeastern Saudi Arabia, is one of the Kingdom’s biggest oil fields. The field produces up to 1,000,000 barrels per day.
The attack on Shaybah oil field was a major blow to Saudi Arabia, despite the limited damage it caused. The attack proved, yet again, that the Houthis are capable of reaching sensitive targets deep inside the oil-rich Kingdom.