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Fire at oil facility injures 8 workers in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
The undated photo shows a flame from a Saudi Aramco oil installation in the desert near the oil-rich area of Khouris, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by AFP)

Fire has erupted at an oil terminal in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province, injuring at least eight workers.

The state-owned Saudi Aramco said in a statement that fire broke in the eastern city of Ras Tanura on Tuesday morning.

The company says six contractors and two employees were injured.

It also stated that firefighters successfully brought the blaze under control. The cause of the fire remains unknown.

According to Aramco, oil and gas operations were not impacted by fire incident in Ras Tanura terminal, which has a crude oil refining capacity of 550,000 barrels per day.

The Shia-populated Eastern Province, where most of the Saudi oil is found, has been the scene of peaceful demonstrations since February 2011.

Protesters have been demanding reforms, freedom of expression and the release of political prisoners as well as an end to economic and religious discrimination against the oil-producing region.

In early June, a bus carrying Aramco workers was set on fire near the city of Qatif in the province. Authorities said none of the workers, mostly Shias, had been injured in the attack.

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