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Egypt's Al-Azhar condemns drone attack on Saudi oil stations

Ahram Online , Tuesday 14 May 2019
Al-Azhar (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Egypt's Al-Azhar strongly condemned attacks by explosive-laden drones on two oil pumping stations in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.

Al-Azhar said that such "abhorrent"attacks aim to undermine the stability and security of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and are rejected by the Abrahamic religions. 

The Islamic religious institution called on the international community to unite its efforts to combat terrorism. 

Egypt's foreign ministry also released a statement expressing solidarity and support with Saudi Arabia in the face of any attempts to undermine the security and stability of the country.

Saudi Arabia said earlier on Tuesday that two pumping stations on its East-West pipeline were attacked by drones, causing a fire and minor damage to one of the stations.

The East-West pipeline transports oil from Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province to Yanbu port.

Saudi oil company Aramco has temporarily shut down the pipeline to evaluate its condition, according to Saudi Minister of Energy, Industry, and Mineral Resources Khalid bin Abdel-Aziz Al-Falih.

Al-Falih said that Saudi Arabia condemns this "cowardly attack," calling it an act of terrorism and sabotage that not only targets the kingdom, but also the security of world oil supplies and the global economy.

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