Drone attacks trigger huge fires at Saudi Aramco oil facilities, Houthis claim responsibility

…from Russia Today, Moscow

[ Editor’s Note: This looks like a devastating attack, showing what a juicy target a big facility like this is. Remember that Yemen has no stealth planes, just their drones built under crushing pressure from the Saudi coalition war on them.

This is also a huge defeat for the endless billions spent by Saudi Arabia on Western arms, where we see the tiny Yemen economy while under huge pressure is able to inflict this kind of punishment. It looks like this facility, a major one, is destroyed.

So what the Yemenis learned here was don’t send two drones to disrupt operations for a week or two, but send ten to destroy the facility by making sure you can set the whole place on fire first and let the petroleum do the rest of the work.

And last, which you notice that controlled media has never waded into, if Yemen can inflict this much punishment, will this make the Saudis rethink what Iran could do if the US coalition is crazy enough to get a shooting war going in the Gulf?

This is all that it would take to send the world economy into a tailspin, which would trigger a series of bank collapses like we have seen before. Who would be blamed for this? And how desperate would those be who began this stupid Yemen war?

What penalty should they have to pay for such a debacle, and what lengths would they go to pin the blame on someone else, as we have also seen before? Jim W. Dean ]

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This was a big target, where lots of Westerners live. Reports of evacuations may be overblown

– First posted … September 14, 2019

Houthi rebels in Yemen say they deployed 10 armed drones which hit two large Saudi Aramco oil facilities on Saturday morning, causing massive fires and huge clouds of smoke on the sites.

The attack was carried out by the Houthi Air Force, the spokesperson for the Yemeni rebel group, Brigadier Yahya Serai, said on Al Masirah TV, vowing to “expand the operations against the Saudi regime in the future.”

The drones targeted a refinery in the city of Abqaiq in the kingdom’s oil-rich Eastern Province, which state-run giant Aramco describes as the world’s largest oil processing plant, and a refinery at the vast Khurais oil field, around 150km from Riyadh.

Multiple videos posted on social media show an Aramco compound engulfed in flames and thick black smoke billowing from the site. In some footage, loud bangs resembling the sound of explosions can be heard in the background, along with apparent sounds of gunfire.

The gunshots and the explosions were heard by local residents at around 3 am this morning in Aramco compound near #Buqayq, #SaudiArabia. Some people I spoke to say there were about 12 explosions that rock the area.

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Here’s a long video compilation showing different angles of what is supposedly the aftermath of the explosion.

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Abqaiq City
The capital of the oil industry
Explosions and fires
Now residents are evacuating the city
It has the largest community of Americans and Westerners

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Riyadh acknowledged that its oil facilities were hit by drones but did not immediately name a perpetrator. The authorities said the fires on both sites are under control.

The first video shows one of the explosions from the vantage point of a parking lot nearby. Bursts of gunfire are audible in the distance.

Geolocated: (https://goo.gl/maps/2G3eMod4BEHD9WqJ7 )

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Saudi Arabia has led a bombing campaign in Yemen since it intervened in the nation’s civil war in 2015, assisting ousted President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi’s fight against the Houthi rebels who control the nation’s capital, Sanaa.
The campaign placed the Saudis under fire from the UN and international human rights groups, which have repeatedly stated that the airstrikes have caused mass civilian casualties.


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  1. “If a crow help us in, Syria*, we’ll pluck a crow together.”

    So Bibi was telling the truth after all – Iranian military in Syria. But who invited them in – Bibi or Assad? Bibi had reason to be worried then and Bibi has reason to be worried now. When the front for Israeli operations in Syria represented organized ISIS units to do their dirty work – it will prove difficult to muster the courage of well-equipped IDF rookies to face down hardened Shiite soldiers in Syria. Who to blame? Bibi, add this to your tales of woe, you upstart crow!

    *In this quote from Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors, the actual word is ‘Sirrah”, a rather close ‘phonetic’ tie to Syria, don’t you think. While on the subject of Syria and phonetics, my thought segues to Phoenicia, ancient region corresponding to modern Lebanon, with adjoining parts of modern Syria and the Zionist bridgehead in the Levant. The Zionists, well that’s another story: Blow hard, blow-ins and braggarts to be blunt, witness Bibi, his presence long since presaged by Longfellow in Tales of a Wayside Inn.

    “Even the blackest of them all, the crow,
    Renders good service as your man-at-arms,
    Crushing the beetle in his coat of mail.
    And crying havoc on the slug and snail.”

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