Far Greater Damage to Saudi Oil Facilities Than Reported?

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Far Greater Damage to Saudi Oil Facilities Than Reported?

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

On Wednesday at a Sana’a press conference, Yemeni Houthi spokesman General Yahya Saree  said the following:

“The destruction of the targeted facilities is far greater than what has been announced,” adding: 

“The Americans sought to publish fabricated pictures of the operation aftermath as part of attempts to downplay it.” 

“The blaze lasted for several hours and (Saudi) authorities could not contain it.”

He displayed aerial reconnaissance photos, showing extensive damage to facilities struck.

What Houthi forces did last weekend they can do again — perhaps effectively against Saudi strategic targets anywhere in the country.

They’re vulnerable as long as Riyadh aggression continues, including against its oil and gas production, refining, and distribution system — the source of kingdom super-wealth.

Saree praised Houthi military expertise, proved numerous times before against other Saudi strategic targets, including its military bases and troops, saying:

“Our forces have reached a high level of efficiency and ability. They can manufacture various types of unmanned aerial vehicles in record time,” adding: 

“The Second Deterrent Balance Operation, which targeted Saudi oil installations, is a perfect example of the capabilities of our forces in terms of planning and implementation.”

“We assure the world that the free and steadfast Yemeni nation will not hesitate to respond to (Saudi-led) coalition of aggression, and will use its legitimate right to target all targets deep inside the countries involved.”

He explained that Houthi forces have advanced domestically designed and produced long-range combat drones, including new ones with jet engines — able to strike targets up to around 1,700 km away. 

They can carry multiple precision-guided munitions, able to hit targets from several directions, said Saree.

“Other aircraft were also used so the main combat drones could hide in their shadow without being detected, and signal jamming devices effectively disabled the enemy’s air missile defense systems,” he explained.

The ability of Yemeni Houthis to penetrate Saudi air defenses and cause significant damage to targets struck shows they’re a powerful force to be reckoned with.

Riyadh has two options: Continue involvement in US war on Yemen and face more destructive attacks on strategic sites in the country, including its crown jewel oil facilities, or cut its losses and pull out.

Separately, Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif slammed Trump regime terror war on Iranian civilians, tweeting the following:

“Escalating US economic WAR on Iranians, @realDonaldTrump ordered SoT “to substantially increase sanctions against the COUNTRY of Iran!”

“It’s admission that US is DELIBERATELY targeting ordinary citizens: #Economic Terrorism, illegal & inhuman. ُStop war & terror. #Security4All.”

US sanctions war against Iran and other countries is all about causing significant economic harm and immiseration of ordinary people — Nuremberg-level high crimes.

On Wednesday, Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami debunked the Trump regime’s Big Lie about Tehran’s involvement in Houthi attacks on Saudi oil facilities, saying:

“The issue is very clear. There has erupted a conflict between two countries. One side of this conflict is Yemenis who clearly announced that they have carried out this operation,” adding:

“The logic of their action is also clear. A country has been under severe attacks for many years, suffering significant damages.” Yemenis respond to Saudi aggression.

“As far as military capability is concerned, (they) carried out a similar operation some two years ago when attacking an airport in the United Arab Emirates by missiles which had a range of 1200 km.”

“With the same decisiveness that we answered to a minor aggression of an American drone, we will respond to any other form of aggression.”

Endless war in Yemen by the US and its imperial partners caused mass slaughter, destruction, and human misery, affecting millions of civilians — the highest of high crimes.

A Final Comment

Fars News reported that Houthi attacks on Saudi oil facilities cut Saudi Aramco’s value by half a trillion dollars, possibly delaying its initial public offering, according to the Wall Street, adding:

“Investors’ skittishness will be reflected in the company’s valuation once Aramco’s shares trade.

Buying them risks incurring a potentially significant loss if its facilities continue to be struck and severely damaged — cutting their output, requiring millions of dollars in restoration expenses.

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Stephen Lendman
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.