Saudi Arabia has labelled a drone attack on an oilfield facility in its Empty Quarter region this weekend as “terrorist sabotage”.
State giant Saudi Aramco said it suffered a “limited fire” at the Shaybah NGL facility, although no injuries or interruptions to its oil operations were reported.
News reports indicate Houthi forces claimed responsibility for the attack, which is said to have seen 10 drones assault the facility on Saturday morning.
Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said: "This terrorist sabotage follows a series of actions, including attacks against oil tankers, and are aimed at disrupting international oil supplies.
"These acts are not only aimed at Saudi Arabia but also against the global economy."
A Houthi military spokesman was quoted by Houthi-run television station Almasirah as saying: "We promise the Saudi regime and the powers of aggression bigger and wider operations if the aggression continues.”
The Shaybah facility is situated close to Saudi’ border with key ally United Arab Emirates. The UAE Foreign Affairs Ministry said: “T his terrorist act, which aims at destabilising security and stability and poses a grave threat to the world’s energy supply.”
The attack sent oil prices rising towards $60 per barrel of Brent over the weekend.
In mid-May, drones attacked two oil pumping stations owned by Aramco near the Saudi capital of Riyadh.
Aramco stopped pumping oil via the two affected stations in Dawadmi and Afif provinces.
That incident came after oil tankers were attacked in the Persian Gulf.