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Houthi Rebels Attack Aden Refinery, witnesses

National Yemen

By NY Staff

Yemen’s Houthi fighters backed by Saleh military loyalists fired missiles at storage tanks at Aden refinery on Saturday, starting a large fire, and 14 people were killed in clashes between the Houthis and Saudi-led forces near the southern port city, witnesses and residents said.

The attack on the refinery in the Buraiqah area sent black smoke billowing into the sky. After months of conflict, Yemen is suffering from severe fuel shortages and its oil and gas industry has all but ground to a halt.

Industry sources said in April that the 150,000 barrels per day refinery had shut its operations and declared force majeure on its imports and exports due to the war.

Another source said, the Houthi militants withdrew some of their forces from the southern city of Aden Saturday to reinforce positions elsewhere, security officials said, as fighting sparked a fire in the city’s oil refinery.

The Houthis took over the capital Sana’a in September and spread throughout the country in a push they view as a revolution against a corrupt government but deny any military links with their allies in Tehran.