Oil Prices Surge After Houthi Missile Attacks On Riyadh, Aramco Facilities

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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia- Saudi Arabia faced a flurry of attempted attacks by Yemen's rebels on Wednesday, with the kingdom's defence forces saying they intercepted missiles that targeted Riyadh and another city, and drones targeting an airport and an Aramco oil facility in the country's south.

The Royal Saudi Air Defense intercepted at least one ballistic missile over Riyadh on Wednesday.

Yemen's armed Houthi movement says it has launched a drone strike on a facility belonging to oil giant Saudi Aramco in southern Saudi Arabia.

More than 10,000 people have been killed in Yemen since the beginning of the conflict.

Three loud blasts were heard and three clouds of smoke could be seen in the sky above central Riyadh, according to witnesses.

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The missile is thought to have been fired by Houthi rebels in Yemen, who a Saudi-led coalition has been bombing since March 2015, when it intervened in support of ousted President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi in an effort to prevent Houthis from maintaining the capital of Sanaa.

Evidence documented by the Conflict Armament Research group, or auto, said the Qasef-1 drone appears to be Iranian-manufactured and has been supplied in batches to Houthi forces in Yemen.

The Houthis claimed attacks on Abha airport and Saudi Aramco, located in Jizan, via Al Masirah, publishing an infographic of the "Qasef 1" drone.

Saudi Arabia's air defense forces have intercepted a missile over the city of Najran, according to the Saudi-led coalition statement.

"The air force announced the execution of air strikes with the Qasef-1 aircraft on Aramco in Jizan (province)", the channel said on its Twitter account, referring to a drone the Houthis unveiled past year. Saudi Arabia has accused Iran of funding and arming the rebel movement, a charge Iran has denied.

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