The refinery, which is located in the vicinity of the Saudi capital Riyadh, is owned by oil giant Aramco. The large facility can process up to 126,000 barrels of crude oil per day.
The Houthis attacked the refinery with six suicide drones of an unidentified type in the early morning hours of March 19. The attack was successful.
The Saudi Ministry of Energy claimed that the attack caused a fire that was “quickly” controlled by the refinery’s staff. However, satellite images show extensive damage at the refinery, which was hit in many areas. Large burn marks are visible on a large part of the facility.
Img. courtesy of @planetlabs shows activity at #Aramco, #Riyadh after the reported #Houthi drone attack in the morning. Aligning with KSA media fire suppression can be seen along with some impact damage. Full damage is not known, high-res will show that. Prod. was uninterrupted. pic.twitter.com/4fNJ92XYnM
— Aurora Intel (@AuroraIntel) March 20, 2021
No human losses were portably caused by the attack, which was named “Operation 6th of Sha’ban” after the eighth month of the Islamic calendar.
Following the successful attack, the Houthis launched two drones at Abha International Airport and a third on King Khalid Air Base in the southern Saudi province of ‘Asir. Only one drone was intercepted by the Saudi-led coalition.
Many of the Houthis’ recent drone and missile strikes on Saudi Arabian were successful to some extent. The coalition is yet to address this threat effectively.
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