Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for firing eight ballistic missiles and 14 armed drones at Saudi Aramco’s critical Ras Tanura oil terminal in Eastern Province on 7 March. Saudi defense forces intercepted the missiles and drones and operations weren’t affected. Likewise, no injuries were reported as missile shrapnel fell near an Aramco residential compound in Dhahran.
Ras Tanura is one of the most important energy facilities in Saudi Arabia. The oil terminal has storage facilities of around 33mn barrels and export capacity of 6.5mn b/d. Data intelligence firm Kpler says February exports of crude oil and refined products averaged around 5.5mn b/d and its trade flows show no sign of any interruption following the attack. (CONTINUED - 1243 WORDS)