May 14, 2019 / 10:40 AM / in 6 days

Saudi's Falih says oil pumping stations hit by explosive-laden drones

FILE PHOTO: Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih speaks during the Gulf Intelligence Saudi Arabia Energy Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia April 8, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said on Tuesday that two oil pumping stations for the East-West pipeline had been hit by explosive-laden drones, calling the attack “an act of terrorism” that targeted global oil supplies.

Falih said that Saudi oil output and exports for crude and refined products were continuing without disruption, but that the state oil giant Aramco had halted oil pumping in the pipeline while the damage was evaluated and the stations were repaired, according to a statement carried by the state news agency SPA.

Reporting by Asma al-Sharif and Aziz El Yaakoubi; writing by Rania El Gamal; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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