Saudi says it intercepted missiles fired at Aramco facility by Houthis

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April 23, 2018 18:26
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RIYADH - Yemen's armed Houthi movement fired two ballistic missiles at a Saudi Aramco facility in the southern city of Jizan on Monday, but Saudi state media said both projectiles were destroyed.

The Houthis' al-Masirah TV said they had targeted a port belonging to the Saudi state oil giant.

The Saudi state news agency quoted the spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition that intervened against the Houthis in Yemen's war in 2015 as saying the two missiles were intercepted over Jizan and their debris fell on residential neighborhoods.

"There were no casualties or damages recorded as of the time of [our] statement," Colonel Turki al-Maliki said.

Aramco did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The company is building a 400,000-barrel-per-day refinery in Jizan, part of a new economic city on the Red Sea, and it is expected to become fully operational in 2019.

The Houthis say their missile attacks on the kingdom are in retaliation for air raids on Yemen by the Western-backed coalition.

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