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Terrorism & Insurgency

Yemeni rebels target Saudi oil industry

06 April 2018
Ansar Allah unveiled the Badr-1 on 24 March and has since claimed it has been used in three attacks on Aramco facilities. Source: Ansar Allah

Key Points

  • Yemeni rebels have announced three attacks on Aramco facilities
  • The Saudi-led coalition blamed them for an attack on an oil tanker

The Yemeni rebel group Ansar Allah (Houthis) claimed to have carried out three rocket attacks on Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Aramco) facilities in 10 days and has also been accused of attacking a Saudi oil tanker.

When it unveiled its new Badr-1 surface-to-surface weapon system on 24 March, the group said it had been used to attack an Aramco facility. It then claimed to have used Badr-1s to attack Aramco facilities in the southern province of Jizan on 29 March and 4 April.

Although referred to as a ballistic missile, the Badr-1 projectile appears to be a heavy artillery rocket.

Colonel Turki al-Maliki, spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition, told the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) that ballistic missile attacks were carried out against populated areas in Jizan province on those dates, but both were intercepted by the Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces (RSADF).

Aramco released a statement saying its facilities in Jizan were operating “normally and safely”.

Col Maliki also said the rebels and their Iranian backers were responsible for an attack on a Saudi oil tanker in international waters west of the Red Sea port of Al-Hudaydah on 3 April. He said the tanker suffered minor damage and the attack was aborted due to the intervention of a coalition naval vessel.

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