On November 25, an attack on a Saudi petroleum terminal located near the city of Jeddah on the Red Sea damaged a Greek-managed oil tanker.
In a statement, Col. Turki Al-Malki, a spokesman for the coalition, said the tanker was hit with a shrapnel that resulted from an attack by the Houthis, Ansar Allah, with a water-born improvised explosive device (WBIED).
The spokesman claimed that the WBIED was intercepted. Nevertheless, the tanker’s operator, the Athens-based TMS Tankers, said the Maltese-flagged Agrari received a direct hit.
“The Agrari was struck about one meter above the waterline and has suffered a breach,” the company said in a statement. “It has been confirmed that the crew are safe and there have been no injuries. No pollution has been reported. The vessel is in ballast condition and stable.”
The Saudi Ministry of Energy said firefighters extinguished a fire that erupted after the attack. A spokesman for the ministry stressed that Aramco’s fuel supplies to its customers were not affected by the incident.
New satellite images shared by observers on Twitter revealed that the attack on Agrari resulted in a large oil spill off the shores of Jeddah’s terminal.
Sat. Imagery from the 23rd Nov. 2020 courtesy of @planetlabs and imagery from today courtesy of @AirbusSpace / @sentinel_hub shows the oil spill caused by damage sustained to the Agrari Tanker off the coast of #Saudi/#KSA
Everyone else was releasing imagery, I felt left out! pic.twitter.com/rcH2eINZVQ
— Aurora Intel (@AuroraIntel) November 25, 2020
The Houthis have been using WBIEDs in attacks on Saudi-led coalition vessels and Saudi naval facilities for a few years now. However, the Yemen group is yet to confirm its responsibility for the attack on Agrari.
A few days ago, the Houthis claimed responsibility for a successful attack with a “home-grown” cruise missile on an oil facility of Aramco in Jeddah.
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