Coalition: Houthi-Iranian attack targets Saudi oil tanker west of Hudaydah port

Hudaydah port and province is controlled by the Iran-aligned Houthis and has been the entry point for 70 percent of Yemen's food supplies. (Reuters)

The spokesperson of the Arab coalition fighting to support legitimacy in Yemen said that a Saudi oil tanker was subjected to a Houthi-Iranian attack on Tuesday afternoon.

Col. Turki al-Maliki confirmed that at exactly 1:30 pm local time, one of the Saudi oil tankers was attacked in international waters west of Hudaydah port, currently controlled Houthi armed militias supported by Iran.

The planned attacked was foiled after one coalition naval ship which carried out an intervention. The attack resulted in some minor damage to the tanker which completed its navigational course north accompanied by the coalition naval ship.
Maliki underlined that the attack presented a serious threat to the freedom of maritime navigation and international trade in the Strait of Bab-el-Mandeb and the Red Sea.

The coalition spokesman said that the continuation of these attempts reflected the danger of these militias and those who support them on regional and international security. He stressed that the Hudaydah port is still used as a launching point for “terrorist operations” as well as the smuggling of missiles and weapons.

He added that the leadership of the Joint Alliance forces continue to take and implement the necessary measures and all means to preserve security and stability. As well as to keep free shipping and international trade in Bab-el-Mandeb strait and the Red Sea.

This comes as part of its main role to keep Yemen secured and stable, and its contribution in preserving the regional and international security and stability along with the international economy.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:56 - GMT 06:56
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