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Yemen: Houthi rebels claim missile strike on Saudi-based Aramco factory

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Supporters of Yemen's Houthi rebels attend a rally denouncing the United States and the outgoing Trump administration on January 25, 2021.
AFP PHOTO / Mohammed HUWAIS 2021 ©Supporters of Yemen's Houthi rebels attend a rally denouncing the United States and the outgoing Trump administration on January 25, 2021.

There was no immediate confirmation from the oil giant or Saudi authorities of an attack

Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for a Thursday missile strike on a plant owned by Saudi energy giant Aramco in Jeddah, located in western Saudi Arabia, amid escalating attacks on the Islamic kingdom.

There was no immediate confirmation from the oil giant or Saudi authorities of an attack on the Aramco site.

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Houthi spokesman Yahya Saree claimed on Twitter that rebels hit the Aramco facility in Jeddah with a Quds-2-type missile at dawn on Thursday in retaliation for Saudi Arabia's military interventions in Yemen, a conflict that has been waged for six years.

The Iranian-backed rebels have struck facilities in Aramco in the past, underscoring the vulnerability of Saudi Arabia's costly oil infrastructure.

Rebels have stepped up attacks on the kingdom in recent weeks, with the latest assault occurring on February 28 when loud explosions shook Riyadh after a Saudi-led military coalition said it thwarted a missile attack launched by the Houthi clan. 

Last November, Houthis rebels hit an Aramco factory in Jeddah with the same Quds-2-type missile, blowing a hole in an oil tank and setting off an explosion. 

The rebels' latest demand comes after the United States on Tuesday imposed financial sanctions on two Houthi rebel leaders accused of "orchestrating attacks" against civilians.

The rebels have stepped up attacks on the kingdom in recent weeks, as they step up their offensive to seize Marib, the last loyalist stronghold in Yemen's north.

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