Aden oil refinery attacked

28 June 2015

Refinery attacked by Houthi fighters

  • Oil refinery attacked in Aden
  • Facility has up to 1.2 million tonnes of crude in storage

Houthi rebels have attacked and set fire to storage tanks at an Aden oil refinery in Yemen, according to Reuters news agency.

The attack, which took place on 27 June, saw black smoke cast over the facility in the Buraiqah district on 27 June.

It has been reported that one employee at the refinery was killed.

The refinery has not been receiving any oil through Aden’s main port, but it still has 1.2 million tonnes of crude in storage as well as gas tanks.

Both the port and the refinery in Aden are controlled by pro-government forces, and the area has seen heavy fighting between the government and Houthi forces.

The Houthis declared themselves in full control of the government in February and replaced parliament with a Revolutionary Committee to act as Yemen’s interim authority.

The rebel group has been engaging in heavy fighting since a Saudi-led coalition began airstrikes on 25 March.

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