Arab-led coalition hits boats ‘carrying arms’ to Houthis

Houthis hold up their weapons during a tribal gathering showing support to the Houthi militias in Sanaa, Yemen. (AP)

Warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition hit Saturday two small boats allegedly carrying weapons to Iran-backed Houthi militias on the southern coast of Yemen, a military official said.

Weapons were being unloaded from the two fishing boats near Belhaf, in Shabwa province, when the pre-dawn raid struck killing three smugglers, the military official said requesting anonymity.

The coalition has imposed a blockade on Yemen to prevent weapons from reaching the Huthi rebels and allied renegade troops loyal to Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Troops loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, backed by coalition air and ground support, in July pushed the rebels out of Aden - Yemen’s second city - and four other southern provinces, including Shabwa.

But the area around Belhaf is controlled by tribesmen and some are involved in smuggling weapons to the rebels further north, the official said.

Government forces backed by the coalition launched an all-out offensive last week to push the rebels out of the southwestern province of Taiz and break the siege of loyalists in its provincial capital.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:49 - GMT 06:49