Yemen’s Houthi rebels used drones to attack Aramco refineries, Jeddah airport | World news

A total of 14 drones were used in the attacks, Yahya Saree, spokesman for the Houthi armed forces said in a statement.

Yemen’s Shia Houthi rebels said they used drones to attack Saudi Aramco refineries and King Abdullah’s airport in Jeddah, as well as targets at Abha airport.

A total of 14 drones were used in the attacks, Yahya Saree, spokesman for the Houthi armed forces, said in a statement on Saturday. The refineries were targeted by drones loaded with bombs, he said, adding that other targeted military sites were in Abha, Jazan and Najran. Saree did not comment on the damage caused by the attacks.

The strikes were in response to an escalation by Saudi-led coalition forces, which have stepped up airstrikes against the Houthis in Yemen, Saree said. It also happened as joint coalition-backed forces continued to advance in Hais district, Hodiedah province.

Saudi Aramco, the Saudi energy ministry and the media ministry did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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Coalition forces said they destroyed 13 military targets for Houthi rebels in Sanaa, Marib and Saada. These included weapons depots, as well as air defense systems and communication systems for the use of drones.

The Houthis have launched a large offensive since February with the aim of reclaiming the strategic oil-rich province of Marib. It remains the last main stronghold of the government recognized by the UN in North Yemen.

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