Saudi ARAMCO Oil Facility in eastern Saudi Arabia has been attacked
by Iranian-backed forces using drones. At least TWELVE
EXPLOSIONS have taken place causing MASSIVE FIRES at the world's
largest oil production facility in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia.
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17, 2019, the Ansar Allah group
(Houthis) announced that they had carried
out the "largest operation" since the beginning of the
military campaign of the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, and targeted
an oil field and a refinery belonging to Aramco in the eastern region
of the Kingdom. It is widely expected that those same
Iranian-backed Houthis have committed today's attack.
Arabia has been leading a military alliance to support
Yemen President Hadi's forces to restore the country's rule since
March 26, 2015, against the Houthis who control the capital Sanaa.
date, the bloody conflict in Yemen has led to the displacement of
hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, cities and
villages, the spread of infectious and famine diseases in some areas,
and significant destruction of the country's infrastructure.
also resulted, according to statistics of UN bodies and
organizations, killing and injuring hundreds of thousands of
civilians, as well as the deterioration of the humanitarian situation
and the spread of diseases and epidemics, especially cholera, and the
decline in the size of cash reserves.
location of today's attack can be seen on the regional map below:
Oil prices expected to skyrocket when markets open on Sunday.