Arab Coalition says foiled attack targeting oil tanker in Arabian Sea

This photo provided bythe U.S. 5th Fleet, shows a Russian Navy ship approaching an American warship in the North Arabian Sea, on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. (AP)

The Arab Coalition supporting the UN-recognized government in Yemen said it had foiled an attack on an oil tanker off the country’s coast, the Saudi state news agency SPA reported on Wednesday.

The tanker was sailing towards the Gulf of Aden when it was targeted by four boats, with one of the unmanned vessels “trying to explode it,” coalition spokesman Turki al-Malki said in the statement carried on SPA. The statement did not say who was behind the attack.

The coalition has in the past accused Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthis of trying to attack vessels off the coast of Yemen with unmanned boats laden with explosives.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:05 - GMT 07:05