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Saudi Arabia calls for Hodeidah port to be managed by international observers

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Saudi Arabia’s permanent mission to the UN sent a letter to the UN’s Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, and the President of the Security Council calling for the need for Yemen’s Hodeidah port to be placed under international supervision.

They also called for the reprimanding of the Houthi militia and Iran for violating international laws. They called on the UN to take the necessary measures to implement Security Council resolutions 2216 and 2231, stressing that the coalition will continue to secure international navigation in Bab al-Mandab and the Red Sea.

This comes following a Houthi attack on a Saudi oil tanker in Hodeidah on Tuesday. The Arab Coalition’s spokesman, Colonel Turki al-Malki, had confirmed that at exactly 1:30 pm local time, a Saudi oil tanker was attacked in international waters west of Hodeidah port, currently controlled Houthi armed militias supported by Iran.

The planned attacked was foiled following the intervention of a coalition naval ship.

Maliki said on Wednesday that the coalition successfully targeted Houthi labs that manufacture booby-trapped boats in Hodeidah, adding that the militia has turned the port into a storage space for weapons.

He added that the coalition is securing international navigation in order for humanitarian aid to enter, where more than two million Yemenis have already benefited from this flow of aid.

Maliki welcomed the international condemnation of Houthi attempts to target navigation, as well as firing of ballistic missiles at Saudi Arabia.