Two Saudi Arabian oil pumping stations were targeted in a drone attack on Tuesday morning, the kingdom’s energy minister said. The attack rose fears about the security of Saudi oil infrastructure.
The incident comes a day after Saudi Arabia said two of its oil tankers were among those damaged by assaults off the coast of the United Arab Emirates on Sunday.
The Saudi energy minister said, “As a precautionary measure, the company temporarily shut down the pipeline, and contained the fire which caused minor damage to pump station 8.” The attack on the pipeline is significant because it is one of the ways Saudi Arabia is able to send oil without using the Strait of Hormuz.
Yemen said that the Iran-backed group had carried out attacks on Saudi targets using seven drones and more strikes could follow.