Riyadh has suspended oil exports through the Bab-El-Mandeb

© AP Photo / Hasan JamaliНефтяной the machine-rocking. Archival photoRiyadh has suspended oil exports through the Bab-El-Mandeb© AP Photo / Hasan Jamali

Saudi Arabia has decided to suspend oil exports through the Bab El-Mandeb Strait after the attack on the oil tanker in the Red sea from Yemen, said Minister of energy, industry and mineral resources of the Kingdom Khaled al-Faleh.

«The Kingdom will immediately suspend all shipments of oil that pass through the Bab-El-Mandeb, as long as navigation will not be safe,» said the Saudi Minister, quoted by official news Agency SPA.

Earlier it was reported that Yemeni rebels from the movement «Ansar Allah» (Houthis) on Wednesday morning attacked an oil tanker in Saudi Arabia in the Red sea.

According to al-Faleh, was attacked by two tankers of the Saudi national transport companies, each of which was carrying two million barrels of oil. Minor damage was one of the tankers currently transporting it to the nearest Saudi port. None of the crew was not injured.

«The damage and spilling of oil at sea could lead to a true ecological disaster,» says al Faleh. He stressed that Yemeni rebels pose an immediate threat to world trade and shipping in the Bab-El-Mandeb Strait and the Red sea.

Through the Bab-El-Mandeb Strait that connects the Red and Arabian sea, is a large part of international trade routes, including the key supply of energy and food.

Controlled by the Houthi TV channel «al-Masirah» reported that the rebels attacked the Saudi warship «Dammam» off the West coast of the country. They argue that regularly strike at the ships of the Arab countries participating in the coalition against the rebels.

In Yemen in 2014, ongoing civil conflict between the government and Houthi rebels from the movement «Ansar Allah». Attempts by the UN to resolve the situation have not crowned success. Lately the situation has escalated around the strategically important port of Hodeidah on the Red sea, which is trying to repel the Houthis, government forces backed by Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia.