Posted on July 10, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Naval forces belonging to the Saudi coalition in Yemen destroyed a boat full of explosives, that was allegedly set to attack an unidentified commercial vessel in the Red Sea.
According to coalition spokesman, Colonel Turki al-Malki, they destroyed an unmanned booby-trapped boat packed with explosives.
They claim the boat belonged to the Houthi rebels, but the militant group vehemently denies the allegation.
A Houthi spokesman has gone on record to deny the targeting of any commercial shipping vessels transiting through the region, referring to the claims as “pure slander and completely baseless”.
The Saudi coalition is attempting to brand this as a potential act of terrorism on behalf of the Houthi rebels.
“Al-Maliki said that the coalition forces spotted the unmanned boat while it was moving, then intercepted and destroyed it, stressing that threatening the international navigation and trade by the Iran-backed Houthi militia is considered a serious terrorist act and reaffirming that the coalition forces will keep neutralizing all hostile terrorist capabilities of the Houthi militia,” reads a statement from Saudi Arabia’s SPA news agency.
Colonel Al-Malki has stated his intent to completely eradicate the “aggressive capabilities of the Houthis”.
We currently don’t have any further information regarding this “unidentified commercial vessel” that was going to be the target of the alleged Houthi attack.