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2 Saudi oil pumping stations 'attacked by drones'

IANS  |  Riyadh 

said on Tuesday that its two pumping stations for the East-had been hit by explosive-laden drones, calling the incident "an act of terrorism" that targeted global supplies.

The attack took place at two stations near Afif and Dawadimi on the pipeline that carries petroleum from oilfields in the country's east to the port of Yanbu, Saudi Arabia's Energy was cited as saying by the official SPA news agency.

prices climbed on after reported the incident. US rose 1.4 per cent even though Saudi's company told that the attack caused "no damage to oil production, no or injuries". Brent crude, the global benchmark, jumped 1.6 per cent.

Al-Falih said the assault caused a fire to break out at pumping station number 8 but that the flames were brought under control and the damage was "limited". He added that Saudi was not interrupted.

also said in a statment that "to our clients have not been affected by terrorist attacks".

The apparent drone strike came a day after the kingdom said that two of its were sabotaged off the coast of the

Blaming the Tuesday incident on Yemeni Houthi rebels, the Saudi said that "they used explosive-laden airborne drones to attack Saudi Arabian pumping stations on an east-west which belongs to Aramco".

"Recent attacks in the Gulf and are aimed at the world, not just the kingdom. This attack proves yet again the importance that all sides stand against such destructive terror attacks, including the Iran-backed Houthis militants," he added.

Houthi rebels, an insurgent group in Yemen, is currently locked into a brutal civil war with the Saudi and internationally-backed government.

Tensions are escalating in the Gulf region as last week the US announced the deployment of the USS Abraham Lincoln to the due to threats from and its proxies.

The denounced the "cowardly act of terrorism and sabotage" on Saudi oil pumping stations and said it was aimed at undermining the safety of the world's global and economy.



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First Published: Tue, May 14 2019. 19:06 IST