Houthis attack Al-Dhabba oil terminal in Yemen

Yemen’s Houthis attacked the al-Dhabba oil terminal in Hadramaut province on Monday, the group and Yemen’s internationally recognized government said.

The Iran-aligned Houthis fired a projectile from a drone that landed at the entrance to the terminal, located in the town of al-Shihr, two terminal employees told Reuters.

The Panamanian-flagged ship Pratika had entered the terminal to load a cargo of crude but left after the attack, workers said.

Maritime Commercial Operations (UKMTO), part of Britain’s Royal Navy, said it received a report that a missile or rocket attack was carried out in al-Shihr against a single mooring point at 12 p.m. 12 GMT. All crew and the ship were safe and sound, the UKMTO said, withholding the ship’s name.

The Houthis’ military spokesman said a ship was forced out of al-Dhabba’s port.

Refinitiv data showed Pratika in the Gulf of Aden at 19:52 GMT, heading towards Suez.

The Saudi-backed government’s military said al-Dhabba’s oil export platform had been hit.

The seven-year war between the Iran-aligned Houthis and a Saudi-led military coalition has divided Yemen, with the movement largely holding the north.

The Houthis have attacked oil ports in government-controlled areas as they press for economic gains in the dragging UN-led talks for an extended truce deal. Officials say the attacks disrupted crude oil exports, choking off state revenue.

(Reuters – Reporting by Mohammed Alghobari and Reyam Mokhashef; additional reporting by Nayera Abdallah in Cairo; writing by Yousef Saba in Dubai, editing by William Maclean)

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