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Houthis claim strike on Saudi oil facility

Yemen’s Houthi rebels said they attacked a Saudi oil facility in the port city of Jeddah, the latest in a series of cross-border missile and drone strikes the group has claimed against the kingdom amid the grinding war in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia’s state-owned media did not immediately acknowledge any incident in Jeddah.

Brigadier General Yehia Sarie, a Houthi military spokesman, tweeted on Thursday that the rebels fired a new Quds-2 cruise missile at the facility.

He posted a satellite image online that matched Aramco’s North Jeddah Bulk Plant, where oil products are stored in tanks.

The rebels claimed they hit the same facility last November, an attack the Saudi-led coalition later admitted had sparked a fire at the plant.

The plant, which serves as a temporary storage facility for petrol, diesel and other petrochemicals before distribution, sits just southeast of Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport.

Saudi Aramco did not respond to a request for comment.

Since 2015, the Houthis battling the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen have targeted international airports, along with military installations and critical oil infrastructure, within Saudi Arabia.

The group has stepped up its attacks in recent weeks.

The Saudi-led coalition announced early on Thursday its air forces had intercepted two explosives-laden drones launched towards Khamis Mushait, a southwestern city home to the King Khalid Air Base.

The Houthis also fired a ballistic missile toward the southern Saudi province of Jazan later on Thursday, the coalition said. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

A Saudi-led military coalition intervened in Yemen after the rebels seized the country’s capital, Sanaa.

The war has settled into a bloody stalemate, with Saudi Arabia facing international criticism for its air strikes killing civilians.

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