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Fire caused by drone attack in Saudi oil refinery brought under control

Fire caused by drone attack in Saudi oil refinery brought under control

/ News & Interviews / Friday, 11 March 2022 11:19

A drone attack on an oil refinery in the Saudi capital Riyadh caused a small fire but no disruption to supplies, according to officials.

The incident follows a series of similar attacks on Saudi facilities by Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebels, who are fighting a Saudi-led coalition.

"The Riyadh oil refinery was attacked by a drone, resulting in a small fire that has been brought under control," the energy ministry said, according to the official Saudi Press Agency, without directly blaming the Houthis.

"The attack did not result in any injury or death, nor was the supply of oil or its derivatives affected."

Brent oil prices have swung between $139 and $105 in extreme volatility this week, after the war in Ukraine prompted concerns over supplies.

Saudi Arabia, one of the world's biggest oil exporters, and its partners in the OPEC alliance have come under pressure to raise production to help rein in prices.

Meanwhile, The UAE has reaffirmed its inherent right to self-defence in response to armed aggression and to preserve its sovereignty and territorial integrity under international law, reiterating that the attacks perpetrated by terror groups will not proceed without a comprehensive response, and that the UAE has the legal and moral right to prevent terrorism from threatening its soil.

Khalifa Shaheen Al Marar, minister of state, made the affirmation during the 157th ordinary session of the Arab League Council, which was held at the headquarters of the General Secretariat of the Arab League in Cairo at the foreign ministerial level.

Al Marar, who headed the UAE delegation, added that the UAE has faced vicious terrorist attacks by the terrorist Houthi militias that targeted civil areas and objects and led to civilian casualties and in-kind losses.

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