Strike on aid ves­sel

Arab coali­tion con­demns at­tack on UAE ship

7 Days in Dubai - - NEWS - By 7DAYS News Team @7DAYSUAE

The Arab coali­tion has con­demned an at­tack on an Emi­rati ship that was said to have been car­ry­ing aid and civil­ians to and from the Ye­meni port of Aden.

The cata­ma­ran-style ves­sel, named Swift, was tar­geted by Houthi mili­tia as it sailed in the Bab Al Mandab Strait in the early hours of Satur­day morn­ing, a re­port by UAE na­tional news agency WAM stated.

The Com­mand of Coali­tion Forces said the strike was a “dan­ger­ous in­di­ca­tion” of “ter­ror­ist op­er­a­tions” in the area, WAM re­ported.

It did not state what was fired, or how badly the Swift was dam­aged, but said “Coali­tion air and naval forces started chas­ing and tar­get­ing boats which car­ried out the at­tack”.

The com­mand said it launched an op­er­a­tion at 12.30am on Satur­day to res­cue civil­ian pas­sen­gers. It added that the ves­sel was owned by the UAE’s Na­tional Ma­rine Dredg­ing Com­pany.

WAM quoted the coali­tion com­mand as say­ing the ship was on a rou­tine trip to and from Aden to de­liver re­lief aid and evac­u­ate wounded civil­ians.

Yes­ter­day, the Ye­men gov­ern­ment said in a state­ment that “this is a ter­ror­ist at­tack that vi­o­lates in­ter­na­tional laws”.

It added: “It is also a clear vi­o­la­tion of hu­man­ity and a fla­grant ag­gres­sion against life.”

Sheikh Mo­hammed bin Ab­dul­rah­man bin Jas­sim Al Thani, Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs for Qatar, which is part of the coali­tion, tweeted: “We strongly con­demn the at­tack on #UAE’s civil ship car­ry­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian aid to #Ye­men.

“This crime should not pass with­out ac­count­abil­ity.”

Dr An­war bin Mo­hammed Gar­gash, UAE Min­is­ter of State for For­eign Af­fairs, retweeted the com­ments.

Speak­ing about the Ira­nian-backed Houthi mili­tia, he said “the idea a mi­nor­ity of peo­ple can con­trol a coun­try us­ing force is not ac­cept­able and won’t con­tinue”.

HIT: The Arab coali­tion said it res­cued civil­ian pas­sen­gers from the Swift af­ter the at­tack

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