Yemen’s Houthi rebels say they have attacked a large oil plant in an industrial complex south of the Saudi Arabian city of Jizan as part of a night operation.
The Saudi-led military coalition fighting the Houthis said on Monday captured and destroyed four missiles and six bomb blasted drones that sank by Houthi rebels against the kingdom.
The missiles and drones were launched from Yemen’s capital Sanaa and aimed at civilian targets, said coalition spokesman Turki al-Malki in a statement from the official Saudi Press Agency.
The Houthi rebels claim that they also killed and injured dozens of ranked military officials in Saudi Arabia.
He said the group’s ballistic missiles and drones had destroyed a number of military bases and installations of the Saudi coalition in Jizan, Najran and Assir near the border with Yemen, in a “comprehensive military operation”.
“In addition, the giant oil is in the Jizan industrial zone. The strike was correct,” he said, adding that they also met Saudi war plans and other military targets at the airports of Abha, Jizan and Najran. in southwestern Saudi Arabia near the Yemen border.
The oil company Saudi Aramco operates a 400,000 barrel daily refinery in the Red Sea city of Jizan, which is located approximately 60 km (40 miles) from the Yemen border.
Aramco did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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Cross-border attacks by the Houthi rebels have escalated since the end of May when a will of arms prompted by the new corona virus expired. At the end of June, missiles reached the Saudi capital Riyadh.
Sarea said details of a broad Saudi military operation carried out by the Houthi forces would be announced later.
Saudi Arabia has led an alliance to fight the Houthis in Yemen since March 2015.
Saudi Arabia’s coalition intervened after the Houthis removed Saudi, internationally recognized government by President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi from the capital Sanaa in late 2014.
The United Nations recently launched virtual talks between the warring parties on a permanent ceasefire and confidence-building measures to restart peace talks.
But the discussions have been heavily complicated by the wave since the cease-fire ceased.
The war has killed more than 100,000 people and caused what the UN describes as the world’s largest humanitarian crisis.
The conflict has driven Yemen, which is already one of the poorest countries in the Arab world, to starve and destroyed the country’s health facilities.