Two Saudi Aramco oil pumping stations targeted in drone attack

Two Saudi Aramco oil pumping stations targeted in drone attack
Published: 15 May 2019 - 6 a.m.
By: Carla Sertin

The Saudi Press Agency reported that on 14 May, two oil pumping stations of Saudi Aramco in Dawadmi and Afif Governorates in Riyadh were targteted in drone attacks. The stations run along the Kingdom's East-West oil pipeline.

AFP reported that Saudi Arabia stopped pumping crude along the pipeline, which has a capacity 5mbpd, following the attack.

"Saudi Aramco took precautionary measures and temporarily stopped operation of the pipeline, as it is evaluating the situation and working on restoring the operations of the affected pump station and the pipeline," Al-Falih said, according to SPA.

Explosive-laden drones targeted the two pump stations, and GCC Secretary General Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani condemned the attacks, attributing them to Yemen's Houthis.

Multiple reports by the SPA, citing government officials, refer to this as a terrorist attack. The attacks were condemned by many Arab countries and organisations.

This follows an attack earlier in the week on four oil tankers off the coast of Fujairah, including two Saudi tankers. The attack did not lead to any casualties or oil spill.

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