Saudi-led coalition said it intercepted and destroyed an unmanned
explosives-laden boat launched from Yemen by the Iran-aligned Houthi
group on September 19, 2019, an incident that could further increase
regional tensions after the attack on Saudi oil installations. Since
2017, in fact, there have been several reports of attacks or discovery
of these unmanned explosive vessels in the country.
“The coalition’s naval forces detected an attempt by the terrorist Houthi militia backed by Iran to carry out an imminent act of aggression and terrorism south of the Red Sea using an unmanned, rigged boat … launched from Hodeidah province,” coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki said in a statement. Malki said that the foiled attack represented a threat to regional and international security and the safety of maritime routes and international trade. He did not specify the intended target.
The Red Sea and the adjacent Gulf of Aden face many potential threats
to free movement, ranging from the presence of non-state armed groups
(such as the Houthis
in Yemen) and organised crime outfits, to ongoing territorial disputes
and environmental concerns. Yet maritime traffic has largely gone undisrupted in recent years.
The hitherto safe passageway of the Red Sea should not be taken for granted though, and the area has attracted significant geopolitical interest. New initiatives concerned with the shared maritime space are being conceived, including a Red Sea Forum championed by Saudi Arabia and Egypt. The African Union (AU) and Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) are also taking a greater interest. All these actors aim to address a perceived gap in management of the Red Sea space.
RIYADH — The Arab Coalition supporting legitimacy in Yemen said on
Thursday that it intercepted and destroyed an explosive-laden boat
launched by Yemen’s Houthis from Hodeidah port.
Col. Turki Al-Maliki, spokesman of the coalition, said that the naval forces of the coalition spotted on Thursday morning an attempt by the Iran-backed terrorist Houthi militia to carry out an imminent hostile and terrorist act in the south of the Red Sea by using a booby-trapped boat and a drone launched from the Hodeidah governorate.
RIYADH (Reuters) – Naval forces from the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen foiled an attempted attack on an unidentified commercial ship in the southern Red Sea on Monday by the Iran-aligned Houthis, which the group denied.
Spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki said the Western-backed military alliance had destroyed an unmanned boat laden with explosives which the militants had used for the attack, Saudi state news agency SPA reported without providing more details.