Ye­men rebels tar­get UAE mil­i­tary ship

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

SANAA, Ye­men — Ye­men’s Shi­ite Houthi rebels said on Sat­ur­day that they tar­geted a mil­i­tary ship be­long­ing to the United Arab Emi­rates, part of the Saudi-led coali­tion fight­ing them in the coun­try.

The ship, car­ry­ing mil­i­tary equip­ment, was ar­riv­ing from Eritrea’s Assab port, ac­cord­ing to Houthi of­fi­cials. It is the third ship be­long­ing to the coali­tion to be tar­geted off Ye­men’s west­ern coast since the be­gin­ning of 2017.

The Saudi Press Agency, cit­ing a state­ment by the coali­tion, said that Houthis used an ex­plo­sives-laden boat, which struck the pier close to a group of ships at the Red Sea port of Mocha. It added that there were no ca­su­al­ties or any sub­stan­tial dam­age.

Also Sat­ur­day, Ye­meni of­fi­cials said that forces loyal to Pres­i­dent Abed Rab­bou Man­sour Hadi took full con­trol of a key mil­i­tary base, known as Khalid Ibn al-Walid, near Ye­men’s west coast.

Clashes that raged over the base be­tween forces loyal to Hadi and Houthis, who con­trolled it for more than two years, have killed dozens of peo­ple on both sides.

Later Sat­ur­day, other Ye­meni of­fi­cials said that 13 of Hadi’s forces were killed af­ter Houthis at­tacked a mil­i­tary site south of the city of Taiz, on the south­west coast. They said that five Houthis were killed in the clashes and ex­pected the death toll among Hadi’s forces to rise.

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