The smoke from the fires caused by drone attacks on two Saudi oil facilities could be seen from space
- Two major Saudi oil refineries were attacked by a 10-drone strike claimed by Yemen's Houthi rebel group.
- The smoke from the fires caused by the strikes can be seen in a satellite image from NASA Worldview.
- The two oil refineries are run by the world's biggest oil producer, Saudi Aramco. The destruction could have a detrimental effect on the world's energy supply.
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Yemen's Houthi rebel group has claimed responsibility for drone strikes on two Saudi oil refineries that are run by world's biggest oil producer, Saudi Aramco.The Trump administration quickly laid blame for the strikes on Iran, which backs Houthi forces.Advertisement
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The fires, which have since been controlled, were so large that the smoke could be seen from space.Keep reading for a look at the aftermath.
Earlier Saturday, two Saudi oil facilities were set on fire by a 10-drone strike claimed by Yemen's Houthi rebel group.
The smoke from the fires could be seen from space.Advertisement
According to the Wall Street Journal, people familiar with the matter said that Saudi Arabia was forced to shut down around half of its oil output following the attack.
The shutdown amounts to the loss of around 5% of the world's daily production of crude oil.Advertisement
According to a CNN report, OPEC figures from August put the kingdom's total production at 9.8 million barrels per day which is nearly 10% of the total daily global supply.
There is still no word on the conditions of the oil refineries which are run by the state-owned oil company Saudi Aramco.Advertisement
While The Wall Street Journal reported that Saudi officials hope to bring the production rate back to normal by Monday, there is no clear timetable.
The destruction of both oil facilities could have a detrimental effect on the world's energy supply. An analysis by the BBC found that the Khurais oilfield produces about 1% of the world's oil while the company's largest facility, Abqaiq, has the capacity to process 7% of the global supply.Advertisement
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