Riyadh: Tension prevailed here on Saturday after drones were attacked on the world’s largest oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia and an oilfield operated by Saudi Aramco triggering a huge fire at the processor.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, though Yemen’s Houthi rebels previously launched drone assaults deep inside of the kingdom.
Online videos apparently shot in Buqyaq included the sound of gunfire in the background and flames shooting out of the Abqaiq oil processing facility. Smoke rose over the skyline and glowing flames could be seen a distance away.
The fires began at the sites after were “targeted by drones,” the Interior Ministry said in a statement carried by the state-run Saudi Press Agency.
According to reports, at 4.00 am, the industrial security teams of Aramco started dealing with fires at two of its facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais. However, fire was brought under control.
An investigation into the matter is underway.