Saudi Arabia has claimed to have destroyed two boats loaded with explosives allegedly remotely controlled by the Houthi rebel group near an oil rig in the city of Jizan, in the southwest of the country.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Energy of Saudi Arabia has explained the incident in a statement collected by the state news agency SPA, where he reported that a fire was being extinguished near a floating platform of an oil installation in Jizan after the destruction of two motorboats loaded with explosives.
Saudi Arabia has condemned the “cowardly” attack, as well as other acts against “vital” facilities, which have the objective of “attacking the kingdom” and against “the security of oil exports, the stability of the world energy supply and the freedom of world trade.”
Furthermore, “they have a negative impact on maritime navigation and expose regional waters and coasts to potentially devastating ecological damage as a result of these acts of sabotage.”
The conflict in Yemen has confronted the Government of Abdo Rabbu Mansur Hadi, supported by a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia, and the Houthi rebels, backed by Iran.
In response to military coalition aerial bombardments against the Houthi-controlled northern Yemeni territories, insurgents launch attacks against Saudi border districts, most often against airports and oil infrastructure.
The conflict in Yemen has caused the world’s largest humanitarian crisis and left more than 100,000 dead since March 2015.