Drones Attack Major Saudi Aramco Oil Processing Centers
Houthi rebels from Yemen unleashed a new wave of drone attacks against major Saudi Arabian oil processing facilities last Saturday, causing blazes that were visible from space.
These drone attacks, which were conducted around 500 miles away from Yemen's borders, exposed a glaring vulnerability in Saudi Arabia's efforts against this group. It has also raised concerns that other groups backed by Iran could use similar techniques against US targets located in sensitive Middle East locations.
Farea Al-Muslimi, who heads the SCSS stated that the current proxy war was reaching new heights. The SCSS is a research organization, focused on events related to Yemen. He also stated that the Houthis' ability to inflict pain was quite high, and the costs they incurred were relatively low.
Attacks of this kind destroy key economic infrastructure, raise security costs & spread fear as well. However, they are quite cheap to carry out.
Iran is supposed to have provided drone tech to the Houthi rebels, who are currently warring against a coalition led by the Saudis in Yemen. This fact was reported by an expert panel to the UNSC back in Jan 2018.
Houthi rebels have also attacked critical Saudi infrastructure in the past, hitting low-key targets using short-range missiles. The Abqaiq oil facility hit is especially worrisome since that facility is responsible for processing crude oil obtained from key Saudi Arabian oil fields, stated Helima Croft of RBC, a major investment banking firm. She stated that this attack had hit an extremely critical Saudi infrastructure component. The firm has often worried about a potential attack against the Abqaiq facility.
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An ex-Saudi Aramco executive stated that the firm had ample reserves for catering to global demand, in case the facilities had to be closed down for some days. However, a long-term disruption could aggravate the issue.
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