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An official spokesman of the Ministry of Energy condemned drone assaults on a number of facilities in different parts of the Kingdom, describing them as acts of sabotage and terrorism that target civilian installations and the security of energy supplies


An official spokesman at the Ministry of Energy said that yesterday, Saturday March 19, 2022, at around 11:30 PM a drone assault was made on the petroleum products distribution terminal in Jizan in the south east of the Kingdom.

Two additional drone attacks were made today, Sunday March 20, 2022, at around 5:30 AM, on Yanbu’s natural gas plant, and shortly after, on the facilities of Yanbu Aramco Sinopec Refining Company (YASREF). The assault on YASREF facilities has led to a temporary reduction in the refinery’s production, which will be compensated for from the inventory. The assaults resulted in no casualties. 

In his statement, the spokesman stressed that the Kingdom strongly condemns these attacks and said that such acts of sabotage and terrorism, repeatedly committed against vital installations and civilian facilities, including, for example, the recent attack on the Riyadh refinery, are cowardly assaults that violate international laws and norms and do not just target the Kingdom alone, but the security and stability of energy supply to the world, therefore targeting the global economy.

In addition, some of these attacks affect maritime traffic in a important area - the Red Sea and its important coasts and territorial waters, with potentially serious environmental consequences.

The spokesman renewed the Kingdom's call to all nations and organizations of the world to stand together against such acts of sabotage and terrorism by groups perpetrating or supporting these attacks.