The official sharply condemned the attack as threatening commercial shipping routes near the vital Bab al-Mandeb strait, used for oil shipments from the Gulf to Europe, as well as goods from Asia to Europe.
There was no immediate acknowledgement from Yemen's rebels, who have repeatedly fired drones and missiles targeting oil installations, airports and cities in the Saudi mainland over the course of a grinding five-year war against a Saudi-led military coalition.
In September 2019, drone attacks claimed by the Houthis struck two key oil installations in Saudi Arabia, halting about half of the supplies from the world's largest exporter of oil. Saudi Arabia and the US attributed the assault to Iran, which has denied involvement.
Saudi Arabia often claims to foil Houthi cross-border attacks, but evidence is scarce, making it extremely difficult to independently verify the accounts.
The Houthis, which Saudi Arabia considers to be Iranian proxies, overran Yemen's capital and much of the north in 2014, driving the internationally recognised government into exile.
The war in the Arab world's poorest country has killed over 100,000 people, pushed millions to the brink of famine and precipitated what the UN calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
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