Kuwait condemns drone attacks on Saudi pumping stations

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KUWAIT CITY, May 14 (Xinhua) -- Kuwait on Tuesday condemned in the strongest terms the drone attacks on two oil pumping stations in Saudi Arabia.

Kuwait stands side by side with Saudi Arabia, and fully supports all measures taken to maintain its security and stability while fighting terrorist acts that undermine the security and stability of the kingdom and the region, an official source of the Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry said.

Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday that two of its oil pipeline booster stations were targeted early Tuesday morning by drone attacks.

Saudi Minister of Energy Khalid Al-Falih said that the two oil-pumping stations of its main pipeline were hit by explosive-laden drones, which caused a fire at the No. 8 station with limited damage.

The 1,200-kilometre (750-mile) East-West pipeline carries crude from Saudi Arabia's main eastern oil fields to the Red Sea port city of Yanbu in the west.

Al-Falih condemned the attacks as "an act of terrorism" that targeted global oil supplies.

He added that the drone attacks, along with the Sunday attacks against four ships including two Saudi oil vessels near the port of Fujairah, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), aimed to destabilize the international energy supply.

The minister also vowed that the Saudi oil supply and production won't be affected by the attacks.

Yemen's Houthi rebels have claimed the drone attacks, which aimed to retaliate against the Saudi-led coalition's airstrikes on their positions in Yemen. Enditem

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