Saudi navy has foiled terror attack on offshore oilfield — SPA

An oil rig is seen at Saudi Aramco's Marjan oil field in the Eastern Province. (Courtesy of Amec Foster Wheeler)
Updated 19 June 2017

Saudi navy has foiled terror attack on offshore oilfield — SPA

JEDDAH: The Saudi Royal Navy has thwarted an attempted terrorist attack on a major offshore oilfield in the Arabian Gulf, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said on Monday.
Quoting an “official source”, the SPA report said just after midnight on June 16, 2017, three boats bearing flags in white and red flags rushed to the Marjan offshore oil field off the Eastern Province.
The navy fired warning shots but were these were ignored by the assault boats, the report said.
It said one of the boats was subsequently seized and found to be “carrying weapons for a sabotage target.” The other two boats escaped.
The report did not say who the navy suspected to be behind the attack.
Earlier, the Iranian media claimed that tSaudi border guards had fired on two boats washed away by water to the area close to one of the oil platforms near the maritime border, adding that the commander of one of the two boats was killed.
The man’s son, who was with him, was able to survive and deliver his father's body this morning to ⁧Bushehr, while the fate the other boat is still unknown, the reports said..
In April, Saudi security forces said they thwarted an attempted attack on an oil distribution center involving an unmanned boat from Yemen loaded with explosives.

(Additional input by AP)


Saudi Arabia reports 32 new COVID-19 deaths

Updated 46 min 58 sec ago

Saudi Arabia reports 32 new COVID-19 deaths

  • There have been a further 1,972 recoveries from COVID-19

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Monday announced 1,258 new coronavirus cases and 32 new deaths from the disease.
The new cases reported in the Kingdom increase the total number of people who have contracted the virus to 280,093. 

The recent fatalities raise the Kingdom’s virus-related death toll to 2,949. 

According to the Ministry of Health, 89 of the newly recorded cases were in Riyadh, while there were 75 reported in Al-Hufoof and 65 in Dammam.

There have been a further 1,972 recoveries from COVID-19, taking the total number of recoveries to 242,053.