Yemeni Houthis attacked the oil facility in Jizan overnight. The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis said earlier they intercepted and destroyed four missiles and six explosive drones fired by the Houthis. They were fired over the border towards Saudi Arabia.
There is no official confirmation if they were intercepted or whether anything was hit.
Oil company Saudi Aramco operates a 400,000-barrel-per-day refinery in the Red Sea city of Jizan, which lies around 60 km (40 miles) from the Yemen border. Aramco did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
“With many drones, our armed forces targeted military aircraft, pilot accommodation and Patriot systems in Khamis Mushait, and other military targets at Abha, Jizan and Najran airports,” said Yahya Sarea, a Houthi military spokesman.
“Additionally, the giant oil facility in the Jizan industrial zone. The strike was accurate.”
Khamis Mushait, Abha, Jizan, and Najran are all in southwest Saudi Arabia near the Yemen border.
Cross-border attacks by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement have escalated since late May when a truce prompted by the coronavirus pandemic expired. In late June, missiles reached the Saudi capital Riyadh
The United Nations has launched virtual talks among the warring parties on a permanent ceasefire and confidence-building steps to restart peace negotiations.
The war has killed more than 100,000 people and caused what the United Nations describes as the world’s largest humanitarian crisis.