Saudi Aramco Facility, Oilfield Hit with Drone Attacks

Aramco Facility, Oilfield of KSA targeted with Drone Attacks

The Interior Ministry of Saudi Kingdom said that early Saturday drone attacked the largest oil processing facility of the world in KSA along with Saudi Aramco operated oilfield. After the attack, a huge fire starts sparking at a processor central to worldwide energy supplies. Instantly, no one accepts the responsibility of the attacks in the Khurais oil field and Buqyaq. However, Houthi rebels of Yemen recently launched drone attacks just inside the territory of the kingdom.

Still, it was unclear according to the recent reports that if there were any injuries due to the attacks. Also, it was not clear how it affects the oil production of the world’s largest oil producer. Whereas, it is a possibility that these attacks will worsen the tensions all over the Persian Gulf concerning a clash between the United States and Iran because of its untying nuclear deal with different countries of the world.

Online Videos after the Drone Attacks available on different Websites

Few of the eye witness speciously shot videos in Buqyaq and put them available on the internet to watch, which included the background gunfire sound. Furthermore, the flames also visible that are coming out of the oil processing facility of Abqaiq. One can also see the smoke that rose over the skyline along with the glowing flames. In a statement, the Interior Ministry of KSA said that the fires started after the drones targeted the sites. The ministry reported that investigation of the attacks was under process.

Saudi Aramco Facility, Oilfield Hit with Drone Attacks

The state-owned oil producer, Saudi Aramco, did not react instantly to different questions from the Associated Press. In an initial public offering, the KSA hopes shortly to offer a silver of the organization. Moreover, Saudi Aramco claimed that its Buqyaq based Abqaiq oil processing facility if the world-leading crude oil stabilization plant. The oil facility processes sour crude into sweet crude oil after that transfers onto transshipment spots on the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf. It is an assessment that the facility can process over seven million barrels of crude oil per day.

Impact of Drone Attacks on the prices of the world oil market

In the past, the militants also targeted this kingdom’s plant. Al-Qaida accepted that their suicide bombers tried to attack the oil processing facility in February 2006 but failed to achieve their goal. As markets closed for the weekend all over the world, so, there was no immediate impact of the attacks on global oil prices. Benchmark Brent crude had traded at around just more than $60 per barrel. Buqyaq is about 205 miles (330 kilometers) northeast of the capital of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh. Though not any group instantly claimed the responsibility of the attacks whereas doubt at the time being fell on Houthi rebels of Yemen.

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Since March 2015, a Saudi-led alliance is fighting with rebels. The Houthis, Iranian backed hold the capital of Yemen, Sanaa, and another territory in the poorest country of the Arab world. Now, war becomes the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. According to the United States-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project, the violence pushed Yemen to the edge of starvation and killed over ninety thousand people since 2015. Houthi rebels have used drones in battle since the beginning of the Saudi-led war.


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