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WorldSaudi reopens key oil pipeline after drone attack: Aramco

22:05  16 may  2019
22:05  16 may  2019 Source:   msn.com

UAE says will 'retaliate hard' against Yemen rebel attacks

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Saudi Arabia has reopened a key oil pipeline , an official said Thursday, after it was shut down by drone attacks claimed by Iran-aligned Yemen rebels. The official from state oil giant Aramco told AFP that the East West Pipeline "is fully operational". Yemen's Huthi rebels had claimed

Saudi Arabia has reopened a key oil pipeline , an official said Thursday, after it was shut down by drone attacks claimed by Iran-aligned Yemen rebels.

Saudi reopens key oil pipeline after drone attack: Aramco© - A facility of Saudi oil behemoth Aramco, seen in a file picture from 2006

Saudi Arabia has reopened a key oil pipeline, an official said Thursday, after it was shut down by drone attacks claimed by Iran-aligned Yemen rebels.

The official from state oil giant Aramco told AFP that the East West Pipeline "is fully operational".

Yemen's Huthi rebels had claimed responsibility Tuesday for twin drone strikes on the pipeline from the oil-rich Eastern Province to the Red Sea coast.

That came amid spiralling tensions between the United States and Iran after Washington sent a maritime strike group to the region and a series of mysterious sabotage attacks hit ships in the Gulf.

Fighting grips south Yemen as Saudi coalition bombs capital

Fighting grips south Yemen as Saudi coalition bombs capital Heavy clashes erupted in southern Yemen on Thursday while a Saudi-led coalition carried out airstrikes on the capital, Sanaa, leaving at least six dead, including four children, in the city's residential center, officials said. The Sanaa airstrikes came after Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebels, who control the capital, launched a drone attack earlier in the week on a critical oil pipeline in Saudi Arabia, Tehran's biggest rival in the region.

Saudi Arabia has reopened a key oil pipeline , an official said Thursday, after it was shut down by drone attacks claimed by Iran-aligned Yemen rebels. The official from state oil giant Aramco told AFP that the East West Pipeline "is fully operational". Yemen's Huthi rebels had claimed.

Soon after Monday’s drone attack on the Aramco facilities, dramatic video was released online showing extensive destruction of the pumping stations, which had been on fire for hours following the attack . US and Saudi investigators further blamed Iran for a “sabotage attack ” on several Saudi and

The pipeline, which can pump five million barrels of crude per day, provides a strategic alternative route for Saudi exports if the shipping lane from the Gulf through the Strait of Hormuz is closed.

Iran has repeatedly threatened to close the strait, a vital conduit for global oil supplies, in case of a military confrontation with the US.

Saudi Arabia's deputy defence minister Khalid bin Salman accused Iran of ordering the pipeline strikes, which he labelled "terrorist acts".

"The attack by the Iranian-backed Huthi militias against the two Aramco pumping stations proves that these militias are merely a tool that Iran's regime uses to implement its expansionist agenda in the region," he wrote on Twitter.

The Huthis said the attacks were to avenge Saudi actions in Yemen.

Riyadh and its allies intervened in the Arab world's most impoverished country in 2015 to bolster the government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi as the Huthis seized much of the country including the capital Sanaa.

Coalition-backed forces have retaken much of the south but the capital and most of the populous central highlands remain in rebel hands.

More than four years of conflict have triggered what the UN describes as the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

Over 24 million people, more than two-thirds of the population, are in need of aid.

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Saudi Arabia intercepts Houthi drone in border province.
Saudi Arabia's air defense forces in the southern border province of Najran intercepted a drone fired by Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthis, the kingdom's Washington embassy said in a statement on Wednesday. The Houthis' Al Masirah TV said earlier that the group had launched a drone attack on Najran airport, targeting hangars containing two planes. There have been no reports of damage or casualties.

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