Houthis target Aramco, other Saudi sites Pakistan condemns missile launch

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Yemen’s Houthi movement said on Tuesday it fired several ballistic missiles and 25 armed drones into Saudi Arabia, targeting Aramco oil facilities in Jeddah and the defence ministry in Riyadh.

The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis in Yemen said late on Monday that one missile had been intercepted over the Saudi capital, where residents reported loud blasts.

Aramco, which has a petroleum products distribution plant in Jeddah that the Iran-aligned Houthis had previously targeted, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In 2019, strikes on the state oil firm’s eastern region facilities knocked out more than half of the Kingdom’s oil output. There were no reports of casualties or significant damage from the latest Houthi strikes.

A spokesman for the movement said its forces had fired six armed drones at Aramco’s Jeddah complex and the King Fahad air base in Saudi’s Taif region, according to a statement broadcast on the group Massira TV. He said military sites in Riyadh and the city’s airport were also targeted.

Meanwhile, Pakistan on Tuesday strongly condemned the launch of ballistic missile by Houthis towards Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh aimed against the civilian population and infrastructure.

However, the successful interception of the ballistic missile by the Royal Saudi Air Defence prevented loss of innocent lives, the Foreign Office said in a statement.

“Such attacks not only violate international law, but also threaten peace and security of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the region.

Pakistan calls for the immediate cessation of these attacks,” it said.
The FO said Pakistan reaffirmed its full support and solidarity with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia against any threats to its security and territorial integrity. —Agencies

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