Fire at Saudi Aramco refinery 'an operational incident'

Members of Yemen's Houthi movement had earlier claimed that a drone was used to attac the facility
Fire at Saudi Aramco refinery 'an operational incident'
By Bernd Debusmann Jr
Thu 19 Jul 2018 09:40 AM

A minor fire at Saudi Aramco’s Riyadh refinery was caused by “an operational incident”, the company said on Thursday.

According to a statement posted on Saudi Aramco’s official Twitter account, the fire was brought under control by the company’s fire protection crews and Saudi civil defence personnel.

"No personnel are injured and no impact on operations," the tweet added.

The Saudi Aramco update comes after the Iran-backed Houthi movement in Yemen claimed it attacked the facility, with the Twitter account of its TV channel, Al-Masirah, claiming that a drone was used to target it.

Over the last several months, the Houthis have fired dozens of missiles at target throughout Saudi Arabia, including the capital of Riyadh.

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