Posted on June 14, 2018 by Ashleigh Cowie
The Yemeni Navy, loyal to the Houthis, have launched a counter attack against the Saudi-led coalition after the biggest assault of the war in Yemen brought chaos to the region's biggest port there yesterday.
The Houthis allies targeted one of the Saudi coalition's warships off the coast of the western city of al-Hudayah with two anti-ship missiles.
The Yemeni al-Masirah TV said that the warship was seen burning, and that boats of the coalition are currently rescuing its crew.
The Yemeni Navy said that the warship was one of the many ships taking part in the attack on al-Hudaydah, which began a few hours earlier. Reports suggest the warships were transporting troops to the western city, but the operation was brought to a stop following the counter attack.
The Yemeni Navy claims that it used anti-ship missiles to target the Saudi-led coalition warship.
However, the Yemeni Navy usually use water-born improvised explosive devices (WBIEDs) to attack Saudi-led coalition warships. The port of al-Hudaydah itself is known to be the key naval facility of the Houthis and the place were such WBIEDs are assembled by Yemeni and Iranian experts.
Yesterday ARX reported that the Saudi-led coalition launched the biggest attack on the Houthis since the war in Yemen began.
Observers believe that the Yemeni Navy will use all of its remaining assets during the battle of al-Hudaydah because of the importance of this port city for the Yemeni forces.