The Iran-backed Houthi movement in Yemen claimed responsibility on Saturday for the drone attacks which targeted two Saudi Aramco refineries in the Eastern Province, according to a statement from the movement.
Spokesperson of the movement said in statements for the Houthi affiliated Al-Massira TV channel that “the [Houthi] air force is carrying out a massive operation with 10 drones targeting the Abqaiq and Khurais refineries in eastern Saudi Arabia.”
The movement vowed to expand future operations to be “more painful” to the Saudi regime.
On Friday, drones attacked two Aramco facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais causing fires put out by Saudi security forces, according to Saudi official statements.
“Aramco’s industrial security teams contained two fires in two factories belonging to the company in Abqaiq province and Khurais as a result of targeting them with drones,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
No comments were made by the official on the extent of the potential casualties or damage to the place.
In September 2014, the conflict has erupted in Yemen after the Ansar Allah “Houthi” group, backed by Iran, seized control of the Yemeni capital Sanaa.
Subsequently, Saudi Arabia, the closest regional power to Yemen, announced forming the Coalition for Supporting Legitimacy in Yemen in March 2015, in order to restore “legitimacy” and defeat the Houthis who Riyadh describe them as one of Iran’s fingers in the Middle East.
Since the beginning of the conflict, the Houthi movement started attacking Saudi territories particularly in the southern parts of the country.