Posted on September 20, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

A military spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition backing the Yemeni government has revealed that they’ve destroyed a Houthi bomb boat off the coast of Yemen.

Coalition spokesman Col. Turki al-Malki said in a press statement that the coalition naval forces spotted the boat on Thursday the 19th of September as it was transiting in the Red Sea, off the port of Hodeidah.

According to Col. al-Malki, the boat was launched by the Iran-backed Houthi militia in an effort to carry out an imminent hostile terrorist act in the South Red Sea.

"The coalition's naval forces detected an attempt by the terrorist Houthi militia backed by Iran to carry out an imminent act of aggression and terrorism south of the Red Sea using an unmanned, rigged boat ... launched from Hodeidah province," said Malki in his statement.

This latest move on behalf of the Houthis follows a recent drone and missile attack on Saudi Arabia’s Abqaiq oil processing plant. The Houthi rebel government claimed responsibility for the attack that managed to temporarily freeze approximately 3% of the world’s oil supply.

However, both Saudi and American officials discount the Houthi claims, suggesting that Iran was culprit behind the attack on the Saudi facility.  

Posted in Security , Middle East , Red Sea , Yemen , Houthis , Iran , Saudi Arabia

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