PHOTOS: US Navy seizes hundreds of arms from sailboat in Gulf of Aden near Yemen
A US Navy ship seized hundreds of small arms, including AK-47s, from onboard a sailboat in the Gulf of Aden, a Pentagon official said.
The official added that the boat was seized in an area where weapons were previously smuggled by the Houthi militias. He stated that the seized weapons were now being held on board the destroyer “USS Jason Dunam”.
A short video released by the US Navy it said was taken Monday appeared to show a skiff and a dhow, a traditional ship that commonly sails the waters of the Persian Gulf region. As the vessels bob in the high waves, people on the dhow toss large boxes into the skiff.
A #USSJasonDunham Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure #VBSS team recently seized a large cache of over 1,000 AK-47 automatic rifles aboard a stateless skiff while operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations conducting maritime security operations. #NavyReadiness pic.twitter.com/RKdenLNxXL— U.S. Navy (@USNavy) August 30, 2018
The US Navy's 5th Fleet, based in Bahrain, said sailors boarded the boats Tuesday, uncovering the arms cache. Photos released by the Navy showed what appeared to be new Kalashnikov rifles wrapped in plastic.
It said those aboard the vessels were handed over to Yemeni legitimate forces.
This comes as the Houthi militias targeted a relief truck belonging to the Red Cross near the Directorate of Tahita south of the province of Hodeidah.
Meanwhile, the head of the Yemeni Higher Relief Committee, Abdul-Raqeeb Fath, strongly condemned the Houthi militias blocking international relief organizations from receiving and distributing aid in Durahmi and Al-Haitha in Hodeidah.