The Arab Coalition’s naval forces have destroyed 86 naval mines planted by the Iranian-backed Houthi militias since military operations began in Yemen as part of their efforts to maintain the safety of international navigation and world trade passages south of the Red Sea, the coalition’s spokesperson Colonel Turki Al-Maliki said on Sunday.
Maliki noted that in the past week, 36 naval mines that were recently planted were discovered while 13 others were gotten rid of on Sunday.
He also said that the coalition’s joint forces command are upping efforts to get rid of these mines which pose a real threat to vital coastal facilities, fishermen’s boats, beachgoers, trade ships and giant oil tankers, noting the environmental, regional and international economic repercussions these mines can cause.
Maliki added that this comes within the coalition’s efforts, along with the international community, to maintain security and regional and international stability in the Bab al-Mandeb Strait and south of the Red Sea.
Maliki also said that the Houthi threat towards these naval passages is a flagrant violation of international humanitarian law, adding that planting these naval mines is conclusive evidence that these militias are not serious about ending the Yemeni crisis or stopping terrorist and hostile acts that harm regional and international security.
He added that the Houthi militias bear the legal responsibility for any environmental and economic damages that may result from their practices in the Bab Al-Mandeb Strait and south of the Red Sea.
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