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Drone and missile strikes spark major fire at Aramco facility in Saudi Arabia

A great fire was unleashed this Friday at the facilities of aramco located in the city of Jeddah, the second largest in Saudi Arabia. About the fact, numerous images were spread on social networks, while the Houthi rebels of Yemen They claimed responsibility for a series of attacks against the Saudi state oil company in that town.

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We carried out several attacks with drones and ballistic missiles”including a “Aramco facility in Jeddah (and) vital facilities in Riyadhthe Iranian-backed Houthi rebels said in a statement.

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The images of the flames coming out of some Aramco warehouses and a column of smoke that rises several hundred meters and is visible from all over Jeddah, where free practice for the Formula One Saudi Arabian Grand Prix took place this Friday, have been widely shared on Twitter by various users.

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The Houthi military spokesman, Yahya Sarea, assured in a televised message that they had carried out an attack “against Aramco facilities in Jeddah and other vital facilities in the capital of the Saudi enemy, Riyadh, with a barrage of missiles”.

For its part, the Saudi-led coalition fighting the rebels confirmed the attack, which occurred on the eve of the seventh anniversary of its military intervention in Yemen’s brutal civil war.

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Smoke billowed near the Jeddah F1 track where several drivers were taking part in free practice on Friday.

Red Bull world champion Max Verstappen said he could smell the flames while driving. “I can smell burning…is it my car?”the Dutchman asked over the team radio.

The rebels claimed responsibility for a total of 16 attacks against various targets, including a power station in Jizan, on the border with Yemen, which was set on fire.

The Saudi-led coalition has been intervening in Yemen since 2015 to support the internationally recognized government, a year after rebels seized the capital, Sana’a.

With information from EFE and AFP.

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Source: Elcomercio

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