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Saudi Aramco resumes pumping oil through pipeline hit by drone attack

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Wed, 2019-05-15 15:42

JEDDAH: Saudi Aramco resumed pumping oil Wednesday through a pipeline hit by a drone attacks the day before.

Two pumping stations on Saudi Arabias East-West pipeline were hit in the early morning raid, which was initially claimed by Houthi militants in Yemen.

Saudi Aramco said oil was again pumping through the pipeline, which joins the Arabia Gulf and Red Sea coast lines, Al Arabiya reported.

On Wednesday, there was further international condemnation of what Saudi Arabias energy minister, Khalid Al-Falih, described as “an act of terrorism and sabotage.”

Meanwhile, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said that the attack “was not just wrong but undermines the trust needed to resolve the conflict,” referring to the situation in Yemen.

But risks remain real. Houthi attack on Saudi yesterday was not just wrong but undermines the trust needed to resolve the conflict. UN Security Council will assess progress today but NOT THE TIME for provocation when we are so close

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— Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) May 15, 2019

France said the attack was an unacceptable act that threatened regional security.

“France strongly condemns the attacks carried out by drones against Saudi oil installations, claimed by the Houthis,” a foreign ministry spokeswoman said.

"France calls on all parties to refrain from any escalation likely to jeopardise the political process to bring an end to the Yemeni conflict," she added.

Pakistan also condemned the attack and expressed "its full support against any threat to stability and security of the Kingdom.”

Arab News

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