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Houthi piracy of ships off Yemen coast was planned by Iran's IRGC: Arab Coalition

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The Arab Coalition said on Saturday that the Iran-backed Houthis continue to violate international navigation in the Red Sea, stressing that the ships that were subjected to Houthi piracy attacks were planned by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, presenting a set of evidence including photos and videos.

The coalition added in a press briefing headed by the Arab Coalition spokesman Brig. Gen. Turki al-Maliki on Saturday, that the militia violated international laws with piracy and kidnappings in international waters

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Al-Maliki said the Houthis launched 432 ballistic missiles from Yemen’s Hodeida port, in addition to 100 booby-trapped boats to target navigation in the Red Sea.

He said the Arab Coalition had reported 13 violations against commercial ships by Houthi militia from Hodeida, pointing to the destruction of dozens of mines planted by the militia in the Red Sea.

A screen grab shows photos of ships being pirated by Houthis in the Red Sea off Yemen. (Supplied)
A screen grab shows photos of ships being pirated by Houthis in the Red Sea off Yemen. (Supplied)

The UAE flagged ship Rawabi

Meanwhile, the coalition reported that the militia planned to attack and hijack the Emirati-flagged Rawabi ship in international waters, adding that the ship was carrying aid for those affected by the cyclones on the island of Socotra.

The Arab Coalition said that the Houthis attacked the oil tanker Rabigh 3 in the south of the Red Sea, and targeted the Saudi oil tanker Abqaiq in the Red Sea as well.

Al-Maliki said the Houthi violations represent the Iranian threats to international navigation.

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