India condemns missile strike on oil facility in Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah

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New Delhi (NVI): India today condemned a missile attack targeting the Aramco oil facility in Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, saying that New Delhi stands in solidarity with the Saudi government against such attacks.

While responding to a media query on the November 23 missile strike, that targetted Saudi Aramco oil facility in Jeddah, Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Anurag Srivastava said: ” We strongly condemn the missile attack targeting the Saudi Aramco oil facility in Jeddah in Saudi Arabia on 23 November 2020. We stand in solidarity with the friendly Government and people of Saudi Arabia against any such attacks.”

Saudi Arabia had said that it intercepted missiles launched by Yemen’s Houthi rebels. Even as no one was in the explosion or blaze, Saudi Aramco needed about 40 minutes to put out the fire caused by the missile strike on the fuel depot in the Red Sea city of Jeddah, as per reports in foreign media.

Experts have pointed out a sophisticated attack on Saudi Arabia’s energy infrastructure.

Houthi rebels in neighboring Yemen claimed responsibility for the attack. A similar attack took place on Aramco’s Abqaiq oil-processing plant and Khurais field in September 2019. Missiles and armed drones had temporarily knocked out about half of Saudi Arabia’s oil-production capacity and briefly caused crude prices to soar in that attack.