Saudi Arabia confirms attacks on Sunday over Ras Tanura port and in the city of Dhahran. Drones were utilized to blow an oil tank ranch located at Ras Tanura port. Which is one of the world’s biggest oil shipping ports resulting rise in oil prices to above $70 per barrel. Which is for the first time since January 2020.
After few hours of the attack, military spokesperson for the Houthis, Brigadier Yahya Sareea, claimed the attack. And said that the group had fired 14 drones and 8 missiles at Ras Tanura. And “military targets” situated in the eastern area of Dammam.
Who are Houthi Rebels?
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The Houthi movement was supported within the Nineteen Nineties by Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi. A member of Yemen’s Zaidi the Shia minority, that holds one-third of the population.
When for the primary time armed conflict began between the Yemeni government and Houthis, the president of Yemen suspects Houthis. And alternative Islamic supporting Nations of attempting to dissolve the government. And therefore the political structure of the state and needing to implement Zaidi religious law. The government of Yemen has blamed Iran for directing and funding the protest.
In response to the blame, Houthis expressed that neither they’re against the president nor the political system. They are against the discrimination faced by their community, high-level corruption, fuel costs. Job openings for common Yemenis, and the end of the Western impact.
The Houthis accuse the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia of supporting the Yemeni government in attacks against them. The conflict took on a world dimension on four November 2009. When the Houthis attacked the Saudi border, killed one of the Saudi border guards, captured Al Khubah Village.
US response over the attack
The U.S. Embassy condemned the attack saying that the attack on civilians and vital buildings shows the cruelty of Houthi. And their disrespect towards human life and motive to increase tension within the region. The U.S. stands with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its individuals and is committed to protecting the security of the kingdom.
It urged the Americans living in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to take precautions until the end-of-the-week salvo of drones and missilesm. Warning Saudi Arabia of possible missile attacks and blasts within the area of Dhahran, Dammam, and Khobar.
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