Saudi-led coalition destroys Al Houthi explosive boats

Cairo: Saudi-led Arab coalition forces, fighting Yemen’s Iran-aligned Al Houthi militia, have destroyed two explosives-laden boats launched by the rebels in the Red Sea, an alliance official said, the latest such a bid in recent weeks.

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The remote-controlled unmanned boats were an attempt by Al Houthis to carry out a” hostile and terrorist act” in the southern Red Sea, spokesman for the coalition Turki Al Maliki added.

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They were launched from the coastal governorate of Hodeida in western Yemen, he added, according to the Saudi news agency SPA.

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Threat to security

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“The two explosive boats were destroyed Wednesday evening as they represented a threat to regional and international security, and routes of sea shipping and world trade,” he said.

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Al Maliki accused Al Houthis of using Hodeida as a launch pad for firing ballistic missiles, drones, explosive boats and random planting of naval fines in a glaring violation of humanitarian world law and a UN-brokered ceasefire agreement for Hodeida signed in Switzerland in 2018.

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Al Houthis plunged Yemen into a devastating conflict after they toppled the internationally recognised government and overran the capital Sana’a in late 2014.

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