JEDDAH(AFP) – A Yemeni rebel raid on a Saudi oil plant sparked out a big fire near Jeddah’s Formula One circuit during televised practise sessions on Friday, part of a string of strikes on Aramco assets.

The very visible hit, which was one of 16 drone and missile assaults by Iran-backed rebels around the nation, produced smoke to billow near the circuit and forced the postponement of the second practise.

The strikes took place only days before the seventh anniversary of a Saudi-led coalition’s military intervention in Yemen, which is beset by a massive humanitarian crisis.

Oil prices have climbed substantially since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine fanned supply fears, prompting Western officials to plead with Saudi Arabia and other OPEC members to boost output.

According to Huthi military spokesperson Yahya Saree, the assaults on Friday targeted “Aramco sites in Jeddah and significant facilities in the Saudi enemy’s capital, Riyadh.”

The Saudi-led coalition fighting Iranian-backed insurgents confirmed the hit on Jeddah.

The rebels had previously carried out similar attacks on Saudi oil sites, but the event in Jeddah occurred during the Formula One Grand Prix, which was broadcast across the world.

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