Yemen’s Houthi Attack on Jeddah Oil Depot Triggers Massive Fire


Saudi state TV also acknowledged attacks in the town of Dhahran targeting water tanks that damaged vehicles and homes. — Media photo

The rebels claimed 16 attacks on a number of targets including an electrical station in Jizan, bordering Yemen, which was set ablaze.

DUBAI — Yemen’s Houthi rebels attacked a Saudi Aramco oil facility setting off a huge fire visible from Jeddah’s Formula One track as part of a wave of attacks on Friday.

“We did several attacks with drones and ballistic missiles,” the Iran-backed Houthi rebels said in a statement, including an “Aramco installation in Jeddah (and) vital installations in Riyadh”.

Smoke billowed near Jeddah’s F1 track as drivers took part in practice runs, with Red Bull’s world champion Max Verstappen saying he could smell the blaze as he drove.

“I can smell burning… is it my car?” the Dutchman asked over team radio.

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