Egypt condemns drone attacks against Saudi oil pipeline booster stations

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CAIRO, May 14 (Xinhua) -- Egypt condemned on Tuesday the attacks by explosive-laden drones on two oil pipeline booster stations in Saudi Arabia.

In a statement, Egyptian Foreign Ministry expressed Egypt's solidarity with and support for the government and people of Saudi Arabia against any attempts targeting the security and stability of the oil-rich kingdom.

It highlighted the firmly-established brotherly bonds and coordination at the highest level between the two nations in face of joint challenges, including terrorist and other threats targeting national and regional security.

Earlier in the day, Saudi Arabia said 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-kilometer (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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