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Saudi Arabia, Yemen: Houthi Rebels Claim Drone Attack Against Saudi Oil Field

1 MIN READAug 19, 2019 | 12:40 GMT

What Happened: Yemen's Houthi rebels have claimed responsibility for an Aug. 17 drone attack on the Shaybah oil field in Saudi Arabia, Bloomberg reported. According to the facility's operator, Saudi Arabian Oil Co., the attack didn't result in any casualties or affect production at the oil field.

Why It Matters: If the attack was launched from Houthi-controlled parts of Yemen, it would underscore the group's ability to carry out drone strikes against targets up to 1,000 kilometers away, given that the oil field is located near Saudi Arabia's border with the United Arab Emirates.

Background: The Shaybah oil field is one of the largest facilities in Saudi Arabia, producing roughly 1 million barrels per day of crude oil. Although Houthi rebels have been attempting to target Saudi oil infrastructure in the past, only a handful of attacks have succeeded.

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