Terrorists have attacked two pumping stations in Saudi
Arabia on Tuesday morning, according to the energy minister Khalid
Drones attacked two pumping stations of East-West pipeline, which carry
Saudi oil from fields in the Eastern Province to the port of Yanbu on
the west coast.
The attacks caused a fire at station number 8, which Al-Falih said was controlled after causing limited damage.
Saudi Aramco later confirmed the attack in a statement, stating that it
had “responded to a fire at East West Pipeline Pump station 8 which was
caused by a sabotage incident using armed drones which targeted pump
stations 8 and 9.”
“As a precautionary measure, the company temporarily shut down the
pipeline, and contained the fire which caused minor damage to pump
station 8. Saudi Aramco confirms that no injuries or fatalities have
been reported. Saudi Aramco’s oil and gas supplies have not been
impacted as a result of this incident.”
The Kingdom condemned Tuesday’s attack and the recent attacks on
ships in the Arabian Gulf, threatening oil output – Al-Falih said the
Kingdom saw the attacks as a cowardly act of terror aimed at
“Recent attacks in the Gulf and Saudi Arabia are aimed at the world and
not just the Kingdom,” Al-Falih said, adding: “This attack proves yet
again the importance that all sides stand against such destructive
terror attacks, including the Iran-backed Houthi militants.”
On Tuesday, Al-Arabiya ran a statement from a spokesman for the Houthis
who said seven drones targeted a pumping station near Yanbu.
The Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Ahmed Aboul Gheit,
condemned the attack saying it posed a serious threat to regional and
international security and the global economy.
The Spokesman for the Secretary-General of the League, Ambassador
Mahmoud Afifi, quoted Abul-Gheit as saying that the violation of the
security of any Arab country is detrimental to Arab national security,
stressing full solidarity with Saudi Arabia in the face of these
terrorist threats aimed at provoking unrest in the region. He also
stressed the need to “strengthen international solidarity to confront
these criminal acts.”
The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said
in a statement that it was in full solidarity with Saudi Arabia and
stood with Riyadh against any threat to the security and stability of
the Kingdom, and its citizens and residents, and its support for all
measures to confront extremism and terrorism.
The statement added that the security of the UAE and Saudi Arabia is an
integral part and that any threat or danger facing the Kingdom is
considered by the state as a threat to the UAE’s security and stability
An official source at the Kuwaiti foreign ministry confirmed Kuwait’s
support for the Kingdom and all measures taken to preserve its security
and stability in the face of terrorist acts targeting Saudi Arabia’s
security and stability, as well as the entire region.
“This cowardly terrorist act targeted the Kingdom and the region’s
security and stability and threatens the safety of the world’s energy
supply,” the Bahrain foreign ministry said in a statement issued by
Bahrain News Agency.
The ministry praised the Kingdom’s efforts in dealing with this
dangerous subversion, stressing “Bahrain’s strong solidarity with Saudi
Arabia against anyone trying to threaten its security or harm its
It also stressed the need for the international community to act
decisively to confront all groups and terrorist organizations and the
countries that support them with the aim of seeking to provoke tension,
violence and chaos in the region, in order to maintain regional and
international peace and security.
The Egyptian foreign ministry said in a statement that Egypt was in
solidarity with the government and the people of Saudi Arabia in
confronting all attempts to undermine its security and stability,
stressing their brotherly ties, established relations and coordination
at the highest level in order to face common challenges and address
Sufian Al-Qudah, spokesperson for the Jordanian foreign ministry, said
that Jordan condemned the “cowardly terrorist attack” in the strongest
terms and confirmed its stand with its brothers in Saudi Arabia in the
face of any threat to the Kingdom’s security and stability.
He said in a press statement that targeting the Kingdom’s security meant
targeting the security of the region and the world, noting that Jordan
supported all actions and measures to maintain Saudi Arabia’s security
and address terrorism in all forms and depictions.
He also stressed that the security of Saudi Arabia, the Arab Gulf and
Jordan is one, stressing Jordan’s full solidarity with Kingdom and its
confidence in their ability to protect their security and stability
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas expressed his country’s support to
the Kingdom, the king, government and people, stressing his confidence
that Saudi Arabia will be able to overcome this crisis with
determination and power.
Yemen also condemned in the strongest terms the cowardly terrorist attack.
In a statement issued by the Yemeni news agency Saba, the Yemeni
Republic affirmed its stand with the Kingdom in the face of any threat
to its security and stability.
The statement pointed out that the approach adopted by the terrorist
Houthi organization, since its inception, reflects Tehran’s plans to
destabilize security and stability and spread chaos in the Middle East,
which is vital for the global economy.
“The targeting of Saudi Arabia by the Houthi terrorist militia with
direct incitement from Iran can not be tolerated and constitutes a
blatant violation of all peace efforts and threatens the collapse of all
United Nations endeavors in Yemen,” the statement said.
“Yemen is a leadership, a government and a people that renounces this
disgraceful act of an outlawed group that has deviated from the values
and morals of the Yemeni people, sold itself to the Iranian regime and
has become a puppet in Yemen affirmed its support for the Kingdom,
saying the continuation of such violations places the international
community without exception in its collective responsibility in
confronting this terrorist group and those behind it.
Tunisia, in a statement also expressed its “condemnation of this
subversive action and reiterates its full solidarity with Saudi Arabia
in all measures taken to safeguard its security, territorial integrity
Oil prices rose after the attacks. Brent crude futures were at $70.79 a barrel at 1035 GMT.