Reuters reported, this evening, Sunday, according to civil sources, that an explosion was heard in the city of Dhahran, eastern Saudi Arabia, in light of a sharp military escalation between the Kingdom and the Houthi forces in Yemen.
“Reuters” quoted two residents as saying that an explosion was heard at around 20:00-20: 30, while no further details were mentioned so far about the accident.
Dhahran, located in the eastern region, is considered an important administrative center in the field of oil production and refining in Saudi Arabia. The city hosts headquarters for Aramco, in addition to an American base.
Earlier in the day, the Houthi “Ansar Allah” forces announced that they had carried out a “large military operation” in the Saudi rear, without revealing the details.
In turn, the Arab coalition led by the Kingdom said, on Sunday, that it had thwarted two operations by the Houthis, the first with 12 drones and the second with two ballistic missiles.
Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia has led the Arab coalition, which has been waging intense military operations in Yemen in support of the internationally recognized Yemeni government loyal to President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, which has been fighting the Iranian-backed Houthi forces who have controlled the capital, Sanaa, since 2014.
The military conflict has recently witnessed a sharp escalation, as the Houthis launched a large operation to control the Marib Governorate against government forces, which are supported by the Arab coalition with air strikes.
Source: “Reuters” + agencies