British Foreign Ministry condemns Houthis attack on a refinery in Saudi Arabia

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Great Britain condemns the attack of the Hussite Yemeni insurgents on the field and oil refinery in Saudi Arabia and calls for the cessation of such actions, an official spokesman for the British Foreign Ministry said.

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A ballistic missile is seen after it was fired toward the Saudi capital of Riyadh from an undisclosed location in Yemen, in this handout photo released December 19, 2017 by the Houthi movement’s War Media. Houthi War Media/Handout via REUTERS

Earlier it was reported that a fire broke out on Saturday night at the Abkaik refinery in the east of the country and Hurais east of the capital of Riyadh, owned by the state oil and gas company Saudi Aramco.

The Saudi Interior Ministry announced the localization of fires, but a number of media reports that the fire has not yet been eliminated. Hussite Yemeni rebels later claimed that two Saudi refineries were attacked by fighters of their movement using ten unmanned aerial vehicles.

“Britain condemns the reckless attack on oil refineries in Saudi Arabia, for which the Hussites have taken responsibility. It is absolutely unacceptable to threaten civilian areas and commercial infrastructure, it is dangerous and provocative. This escalation undermines UN-coordinated efforts to end the conflict in Yemen,” the official said in a statement representative.

Earlier, the Hussites launched an attack from drones on the field and oil refinery in the Sheyba area in Saudi Arabia, which led to the ignition of a gas enterprise in the field. In response, the Arab coalition attacked the positions of the Hussites in northern Yemen.

“We call on the Hussites to immediately stop such attacks. Britain is committed to maintaining the security of Saudi Arabia and seeking a political solution to the devastating conflict in Yemen,” the document says.

Since August 2014, a military confrontation has continued in Yemen between forces on the side of President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi and Shiite rebels. Since March 2015, a number of Arab countries led by Saudi Arabia have entered into hostilities on the Hadi side. From that moment, the Hussites began to strike in the kingdom in response to the bombing of their facilities in Yemen.


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