Saudi-Led Coalition Reportedly Destroys Pair of Explosive-Laden Boats Off Yemen

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Saudi-Led Coalition Reportedly Destroys Pair of Explosive-Laden Boats Off Yemen

The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen has destroyed a pair of explosive-laden remote controlled boats in the Red Sea about 6 km off the western Yemeni port city of As-Salif, Saudi media has reported.

The unmanned “booby-trapped boats” were said to have posed an imminent threat to local shipping lanes and a threat to regional and international security and hence subject to destruction.

The report comes less than 24 hours after US Secretary of State Pompeo announced that US and allied forces had interdicted a weapons shipment off Yemen destined for the Houthi militia on June 28 containing 200 RPGs, over 1,700 assault rifles, 21 surface to air and land attack missiles, and several anti-tank missiles. The US reported seizing two more arms-laden vessels off Yemen in November 2019 and February, and has blamed Iran for the deliveries.

While expressing moral support for the Houthis, Iran has denied that it has provided the militia with arms, pointing to the virtually impenetrable blockade of Yemen by the Saudi-led coalition and US forces.

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