Saudi naval forces clear Houthi mines from Hodeida coast

Saudi and Yemeni naval engineers cleared Iranian-made mines which Houthi militias planted along the Hodeida coast. (Supplied)

Saudi and Yemeni naval engineers cleared Iranian-made mines which Houthi militias planted along the coast of the Hodeida area.

Mines were swept by the water currents to the sea so the coalition forces had to look for them and remove them to protect fishermen and oil tankers in international waters.

Few days ago, a mine blew up killing a number of fishermen and injuring others.

The largest number of mines was planted along the coasts in north and south Hodeida with technical help from Iranian and Hezbollah experts who entered Yemen for this particular task, according to the Yemeni legitimate army.

Earlier this month, the US Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) warned merchant ships of the dangers of mines that were set by Houthis and militias allied to former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Bab al-Mandeb near the Mokha port entrance.

A report issued by the ONI stated that the attacks on ships in the strait, especially commercial ones, will trigger the involvement of other parties, pointing out that the US Navy will deploy all the needed efforts to protect the freedom of ships.

The US warning noted that the closure of this waterway would lead to substantial increases in total energy costs and global oil prices.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:50 - GMT 06:50
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