A fire that ripped through a storage tank at the main oil refinery in Yemen’s Aden on Friday evening was probably started deliberately, an official said.

The fire, which also spread to a nearby pipeline, was likely “the result of an explosion (and) probably a deliberate act of sabotage”, said the official, who did not wish to be named.

Emirati army vehicle at the oil refinery in Yemen’s port city of Aden (Photo by Saleh Al-Obeidi / Stringer via Getty Images)

He did not specify who may have been responsible.

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