Saudi Arabia’s oil and gas production has decreased to almost half amid drone strikes on two major oil facilities running under Aramco Company.
According to Saudi Energy Minister, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman the drone strikes had dropped the crude oil production by around 5.7m barrels per day. This amount is about half of the total output. A Houthi rebel representative claimed that they had organized 10 drones in the strikes on two oil facilities.
However, US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo has dismissed the Houthi rebel’s claims. He accused Iran of involving in the drone strikes and further said that no evidence found that attacks conducted from Yemen. Saudi media reported that no human loss or injuries reported on the affected facilities. The rescue teams have successfully controlled the fires at the sites.
The Saudi Kingdom leads a military coalition which backed Yemen’s government. On the other hand, Houthi rebels have support from Iran. Mike Pompeo has also called the drone strikes ‘an attack on global energy supply’. He also accused Iran of backing 100 attacks in Saudi Arabia and requested all to condemn Iran’s attack.
Meanwhile, Houthi spokesperson Yahya Sarea called recent attacks one of the biggest operations carried out by Houthi forces. Earlier, a huge fire hit at Abqaiq oil processing plant site caused by drone attack. A second drone attack in the Khurais oilfield also triggered blazes.
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