Output of Saudi Arabia’s Yanbu oil refinery drops after Houthi attack: Official

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The output of Saudi Arabia’s oil refinery in Yanbu has dropped momentarily after an attack by Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi militia, according to the Saudi Press Agency citing an energy ministry source. The shortfall will be compensated for from stockpiles, the source added.

Oil firm Saudi Aramco said earlier on Sunday that the attack did not impact supplies or cause casualties.

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The Arab Coalition battling the group said that the attacks late Saturday and early Sunday and debris from intercepted projectiles caused material damage but no deaths.

It said the strikes were aimed at a water desalination plant in Al-Shaqeeq, an Aramco distribution station in Jizan, a power station in Dhahran al Janub, a gas facility in Khamis Mushait and an Aramco liquefied natural gas plant in Yanbu.

Aramco CEO Amin Nasser told a call about the company’s earnings on Sunday: “There was... a number of attacks early in the morning at our facilities. And thankfully there were no injuries or fatalities and, no impact to the company’s supply to its customers.”

Houthi military spokesman Yahya Sarea said they fired ballistic and winged missiles as well as drones at Aramco facilities in the capital Riyadh, Yanbu and “other areas.”

This was followed by attacks on “vital targets” in other Saudi regions, Sarea added, listing several.

The coalition said initial investigations showed the group fired Iranian-made cruise missiles at the desalination plant and Aramco’s Jizan distribution center. It said Saudi air defenses intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile and nine drones.

“These hostile attacks and debris resulting from interceptions caused some material damage at the facilities and civilian cars and houses. There was no loss of life as of now,” said coalition spokesman Brigadier General Turki al-Malki.

State media posted images and videos of what appeared to be projectile debris, damaged cars and structures and firefighters dousing flames.

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