Saudi oil refinery hit by drones, defenses intercept drones attacking cities

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On March 10, 2022, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported in the early hours of Thursday that the Saudi Arabian Defense Forces intercepted a drone launched by Iran-backed Houthi militias towards the southern city of Jazan.


Shrapnel from the destroyed drone landed in a civilian area but caused no damage


This comes on the heels of Saudi Arabia's energy ministry saying earlier on Friday that drones attacked an oil refinery in the Saudi capital Riyadh, setting off a small fire but causing no casualties or affecting supplies.


The statement did not specify where the drone attack originated. Late Friday, Yemen's Houthi rebels, who have been fighting the Saudi-led coalition in their home country since 2015, claimed responsibility for the drone strike.

According to reports, the attack drone was launched from Hodeidah province. Saudi authorities have previously accused the Houthis of launching an attack from a civilian port in the region.

The attempted attack came after the inaugural World Defence Exhibition was held on the outskirts of Riyadh.

At the show, the Saudi government signed contracts worth $1.8 billion with China, South Korea and local defense companies.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's Vision 2030 plan includes a provision to localize 50 percent of defense spending by the start of the next decade.

State-owned Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) announced on Sunday that it plans to build a Saudi-made drone, al-Ekhbariya reported.

Houthi drone and missile strikes have been common in Yemen's years-long conflict.

Saudi Arabia has been a frequent target since intervening in its southern neighbor's civil war in 2015, after fighting erupted the year before.

In January, the Houthis also launched an unprecedented attack on the United Arab Emirates, part of an Arab coalition fighting militias.

The drone strikes reportedly targeted oil facilities and Abu Dhabi airport, killing three foreign workers and injuring many others.


News source: Saudi Press Agency

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