It is reported that the UAV Houthis raided the pipeline of Saudi Aramco campaign in Saudi Arabia, as well as oil transportation infrastructure objects of . According to the statements of the Saudis, the damage was two pumping plants and pipeline leading to the port of Yanbu on the Red sea, which led to secondary damage and fire which has been contained and put out. To transport oil on the damaged pipe is temporarily suspended.
The type of UAV that used the Houthis is not specified. Several sources indicate that it was a UAV bomber, like the one that so effectively proved itself during the destruction of the high-ranking Hadisov at the airbase of Al-Anad.
Unlike fake stories with the tankers off the coast of the UAE, there are stories are similar to the truth – the Houthis regularly try to carry the war into the territory of the aggressor, in the case of Saudi Arabia is reflected not only in the conduct of tactical operations in the provinces of Saudi Arabia, but also in the launches of ballistic missiles and the attacks of various drones. Goals were to airports, air bases, military facilities, ports. In the case of attacks Jīzān, the Houthis already several times indirectly affected Saudi oil production.
It is also worth noting that last year the Houthis on their boats with ATGM made a few attacks on Saudi tankers in the Red sea, and then burst into wild hysteria in Riyadh. After secret negotiations, the Houthis stopped the attack on the tankers, and the naval blockade of the coastal cities has weakened.
Given the vulnerability of oil production by Saudi Arabia, the Houthis have actively demonstrated what could be done, if it is undertaken by a more serious player.
Actually, that’s why I don’t believe in “sabotage off the coast of the UAE.” Iran does not bother in such things like this that are beneficial only to the United States and Israel – if the goal is to strike the infrastructure of Saudi Arabia and the UAE, it is easy for it come from the hands of the Houthis, who are with them in a war and are getting weapons from Iran with the necessary means (ballistic missiles and UAVs), to attack facilities on the territory of the enemy and is able under certain conditions to overcome air defense system built on the SAM “patriot”.
However, as it is obvious to both parties, nothing prevents the Saudis or the U.S. with Israel to build the provocation, again under a false flag, pointing “Houthi missile or drone” at school, the refinery or the presence of foreign tourists, so as to fabricate a reason for war. This possibility also cannot be discarded.
Iran at this stage a direct military escalation is not needed for their goals, they rather successfully use the hands of their numerous allies across the region. In fact, it is the success of Iranian strategy that leads to attempts of the US and Israel to change adverse trends in the middle East, seeking to draw Iran into a direct confrontation from the muddy waters of regional hybrid war. Iran of course prefers to avoid war, forcing the opponents to combat various Shiite parties and movements, which allows Iran to position Itself as a leader of the Shiite world.
On the topic.
https://colonelcassad.livejournal.com/4703716.html – Work Qasef UAV-2
https://colonelcassad.livejournal.com/4695762.html the RAID on the Al-Anad
https://colonelcassad.livejournal.com/4705447.html – UAV Huthis killed the chief of military intelligence of Hadisov
https://colonelcassad.livejournal.com/4696088.html Al-Anad . Before and after
Oil prices climbed on Tuesday after Saudi Arabia reported “armed drones” attacked two pumping stations in the kingdom, underscoring rising tensions in the Middle East.
US oil prices rose 1.4% even though Saudi Aramco told CNN that the attack caused “no damage to oil production, no oil spills or injuries.” Brent crude, the global benchmark, jumped 1.6%.
The Saudi Energy Ministry told the kingdom’s state-run press agency that the attack caused a fire that has since been contained.
A few hours earlier, Yemen’s Masirah TV, loyal to the Ansar Allah movement [also known as the Houthis], reported that seven drones had beeen employed against vital Saudi installations.
The report based on remarks of the official from the Sanaa-based government [controlled by Ansar Allah], did not specify targets and the time of the attack.
According to the report, the drone strikes were carried out in response to Saudi Arabia’s military agression against Yemen. The official added that Yemeni forces are ready “to execute more of these significant and tough strikes as long as the siege continues.”
A high-ranking Houthi military official speaking on condition of anonymity has confirmed to MintPress that Houthi forces successfully launched a major operation against a strategic economic target in Saudi Arabia. The operation, which saw seven unmanned drones carry out an attack on two oil pumping stations, came in retaliation for Saudi attacks on civilians as well as renewed Saudi-led Coalition attacks on Hodeida following a recent Houthi withdrawal.
This week at least 13 civilians, including women and children, were killed and more than 10 others sustained injuries after Saudi-led warplanes carried out airstrikes on a truck loaded with fruit in Sada`a and a separate spate of airstrikes hit heavily populated areas in Dhale.
The source said that Yemen’s Air Force, loyal to the Houthis, carried out the operation on vital Saudi oil installations in the provinces of Dawadmi and Afif near the Saudi capital, Riyadh. The operation targeted the two pumping stations on Saudi Arabia’s main East-West pipeline that connects the Red Sea port city of Yanbu to the Kingdom’s eastern oilfields. The 750-mile-long pipeline reportedly has a capacity of at least 5 million barrels per day.
The attack came after intelligence gathering operations and with cooperation from allied locals, according to the Houthi source, who said that Houthi forces will be able to carry out larger operations in the heart of Saudi-led Coalition countries if escalating Saudi attacks on Yemen continue, and the Coalition refuses to implement the UN-brokered Stockholm agreement in Hodeida.
Saudi Arabia has confirmed the attacks, saying the Kingdom has stopped pumping crude oil on a major pipeline across the country after retaliatory drone strikes carried out by Yemeni forces. Ansar Allah’s spokesman, Mohammed Abdusalam, said that the attacks were a response to the aggressors continuing to commit genocide against the Yemeni people.
The Saudi energy minister, Khalid A. Al-Falih, said the Saudi state-owned petroleum and natural gas company, Saudi Aramco, on Tuesday halted oil pumping on the pipeline from the oil-rich Eastern Province to the Red Sea, while the damage was being evaluated and its two targeted pumping stations were being repaired.
“Saudi Aramco took precautionary measures and temporarily stopped operation of the pipeline, as it is evaluating the situation and working on restoring the operations of the affected pump station and the pipeline,” Al-Falih said in a statement published by state news agency SPA.
Brig. Gen. Yahya Sarie, the spokesman for the Houthi-allied Yemeni army, said that the operation was in response to “the continued aggression and blockade of our people, and we are prepared to carry out more unique and harsh strikes.”
Houthis maintain deep-strike drone capacity
In early January, the Saudi-led coalition announced that it had effectively destroyed a major communications and control center used by Houthi forces to direct drones attacks, but the latest attack on Saudi pipelines shows that the Saudi strikes did not undermine the Houthis ability to strike deep inside of Saudi territory, a fact confirmed by a number of Houthi officials to MintPress News.
Houthi forces have upgraded the precision of their armed drones considerably, allowing them to travel more than 900 miles at a speed of 150 mph, covering much of the Arabian Gulf, including the Saudi and Emirati capitals.
High-ranking sources in Yemen’s Houthi-allied navy and Yemen’s air force, speaking on condition of anonymity, told MintPress that Saudi Arabia and the UAE’s vital strategic targets are all within the range of fire and that they should expect more attacks on their oil infrastructure should the Saudi-led Coalition continue its aggression and siege on the Yemeni people.