Houthis attack Saudi oil facilities on Sunday despite efforts by U.S. to mediate end to conflict

RIYADH — Despite international efforts, especially by the United States under the Biden Administration, to end the war raging between the Houthis and Yemeni government, violent escalation between the two sides continues.

On Sunday, Houthis militias launched an attack on Saudi Arabia with 14 drones and 8 ballistic missiles targeting facilities of the state-owned oil company Aramco in the port of Ras Tanura and military targets in Dammam.

This attack did not result in any damage or casualties, according to Saudi sources, but a spokesperson for the Kingdom said that these subversive attacks are a flagrant violation of international law and a risk to the global economy.

The spokesperson called on the nations and organizations of the world to stop these actions, which are aimed at the security and stability of the world’s energy supply. The attacks intentionally target Saudi Arabia’s petroleum exports and have negative repercussions for the world economy, safety of maritime traffic, as well as exposing coasts and territorial waters to major environmental disasters which could result from the leakage of oil or petroleum products.

The Saudi Ministry of Defense has pledged to take the necessary measures to protect national resources and to stop such attacks.

As part of its concern for its community in the Kingdom, the United States issued a warning to its citizens in Saudi Arabia of missile attacks and possible explosions in the east of country and advised them to exercise caution.

Several Arab countries, such as Egypt, Kuwait, Qatar, and the Palestinian Territories, condemned the Houthi attack, referring to it as an act of terrorism.