Arab Coalition destroys two Houthi explosive-laden boats

December 10, 2020

Saudi Gazette report

RIYADH — The Arab Coalition said late Wednesday its forces intercepted and destroyed two bomb-laden boats belonging to Iran-backed Houthi militia.

In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency early Thursday, the coalition spokesman Brig. Gen. Turki Al-Maliki said that the armed boats targeted maritime routes south of the Red Sea.

“The Coalition Navy Forces detected this evening (Wednesday) an attempt by the terrorist Houthi militia to carry out a hostile, terrorist act in Southern Red Sea, using two bomb-laden unmanned boats launched from the Hodeida Governorate in Yemen,” the spokesman said.

“The boats, which pose a threat to regional and international security, underwater communication cables, and international trade, were destroyed, the statement added.

The coalition spokesman also said that the Houthi militia is using Hodeida governorate as a base to launch ballistic missiles, armed drones, explosive-laden boats, as well as the random deployment of sea mines in flagrant violation of international humanitarian law and a violation of the provisions of the Stockholm ceasefire agreement.

“The coalition will continue to implement all rigorous, deterrent measures against the terrorist militia, and neutralize, destroy such capabilities that pose a threat to regional and international security,” Al-Maliki warned.

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