Saudi Arabia’s oil production and exports were disrupted after the Houthis’ attack on two oil facilities in the Kingdom’s eastern region, the Reuters news agency reported on September 14, citing three sources familiar with the matter.
One of the sources told Reuters that the attack has impacted 5 million barrels per day of oil production, almost a half of Saudi Arabia’s current output.
In the early hours of the morning, ten suicide unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) of the Houthis attacked the plants in the Saudi areas of Buqayq and Khurais.
The Houthis said that the attack, dubbed Operation Deterrent Balance 2, was carried out in response to the Saudi-led coalition’s siege and airstrikes on Yemen.
“The Saudi regime should know that our future operations will expand further and be more painful, as long as its siege and aggression will continue,” Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari, a spokesman for the Yemeni group said in a statement, “our bank of targets is expanding, day by day, the Saudi regiem has no solution but to stop the aggression and siege on our country.”
Satellite images and videos showed that the attack caused several large fires in the targeted facilities, which are run by Saudi Aramco. Buqayq’s facility contains the world’s largest oil processing plant.
The devastating attack may push Saudi Arabia to reconsider its Yemen policy. For more than four years now, the Saudi-led coalition has failed to achieve any of its main goals.