Saudi-led forces de­stroy Houthi rebel bomb boats

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Saudi-led coali­tion forces in Ye­men on Thurs­day de­stroyed two ex­plo­sive-laden boats that be­longed to the Iran-backed Houthi rebels.

Coali­tion spokesman Col Turki Al Malki said the ves­sels, which were six kilo­me­tres south of Saleef Port in Hodei­dah prov­ince, posed an “im­mi­nent threat to sea lines of com­mu­ni­ca­tion, in­ter­na­tional trade and re­gional and in­ter­na­tional se­cu­rity”.

The boats were de­stroyed at 3.20am, he said.

They were 215 me­tres off shore and ready to be used in ter­ror­ist at­tacks in the Bab Al Man­deb and South­ern Red Sea re­gion, Col Al Malki said.

He said the op­er­a­tion did not break cease­fire rules and coali­tion forces took all nec­es­sary pre­cau­tions to pro­tect civil­ians.

The Houthis launch at­tacks from the Hodei­dah area.

Ye­men’s civil war was sparked when the Houthis cap­tured Sanaa in late 2014.

A Saudi-led coali­tion in­ter­vened a few months later at the re­quest of the in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised govern­ment, which is led by Pres­i­dent Ab­drabu Mansur Hadi.

The con­flict is at a stale­mate, with the Iran-backed rebels re­tain­ing con­trol of much of north­ern Ye­men, in­clud­ing Sanaa.

In April, the coali­tion an­nounced a truce to pro­tect Ye­me­nis against the spread of coro­n­avirus.

The rebels have breached the cease­fire hun­dreds of times since it was put into ef­fect by the coali­tion.


The Houthi boats were 6km from Saleef Port

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