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    Armed men ride on the back of a truck to attend a rally held by supporters of Houthi rebels and Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh to celebrate an agreement reached by Saleh and the Houthis to form a political council to unilaterally rule the country, in Sanaa, Yemen August 1, 2016

    No Casualties, Operational Disruption at Shaybah Oil Field After Houthi Attack – Saudi Aramco

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    The Yemeni Houthi movement has regularly targeted military and civilian positions across the border in Saudi Arabia.

    Saudi Arabia's Aramco oil company said in a statement that there were no injuries, while a response team has managed to control a limited fire at the oil facilities targeted by the Houthis group.

    "Saudi Aramco’s response team controlled a limited fire this morning at the Shaybah NGL facility. There were no injuries and no interruptions to Saudi Aramco’s oil operations. We will provide further details as they become available," the company said in a statement.

    Commenting on the incident, the country's energy minister has decried the Houthis' attack as directed against the global oil supply.

    Earlier in the day, the Houthis stated that they had attacked Saudi Arabia's Shabya oil field with drones. The facilities attacked included a refinery and oil storage, according to reports.

    "Ten drones attacked an [oil] field and refinery in Shaybah, owned by [Saudi] Aramco, in the east of the kingdom ... The Shaybah Oil Field has the largest oil reserves in the kingdom, which amount to more than a billion barrels," group's spokesman Yahya Saria said, as quoted by the Houthi-controlled Al Masirah broadcaster.

    He noted that the operation had become the largest attack on Saudi targets in the country’s interior since the start of the Yemen conflict.

    The spokesman also warned that the list of Saudi targets expanded daily, pledging more painful attacks unless the aggression against Yemen stopped.

    Saria also urged companies and civilians to stay away from all critically important facilities that could become Houthi targets.

    The day before, a Houthi spokesman said that the group's militants had launched drone attacks on Saudi Arabia's Abha International Airport.

    The Saudi-led coalition is backing the government led by Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi in its fight against the Houthi movement. The conflict has been ongoing for several years leading to a major humanitarian crisis.

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