Houthi militia ‘planting mines in Bab Al-Mandab Strait’

Google map showing the Bab Al-Mandab Strait.
Updated 06 July 2017
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Houthi militia ‘planting mines in Bab Al-Mandab Strait’

ADEN: The Houthi militia and forces loyal to Yemen’s ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh have begun a new wave of mining in the areas around the port of Hodeidah, in an attempt to cause damage to vessels passing through the Bab Al-Mandab Strait, it has been claimed.
According to Yemeni media sources, the Houthi militia and Saleh loyalists, with the direct assistance of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, are planting Iranian-made camouflage mines in the area around the Port of Hodeidah.
The Houthi militia, as per media sources, have brought in a number of specialists in camouflage, mining and booby-trapping from Iran and the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah.
Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, recently warned of the threat to the international waterway posed by Houthi militia, given the support they receive from Iran. This is confirmed by the techniques used in previous attacks on vessels in Yemeni waters.
In a recent report, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP) warned of the danger of mining the international waterway of Bab Al-Mandab. It also recommended the need to carry out joint missions to demine the region.
A joint maritime alliance, including the US, Saudi Arabia, Britain and France and other countries has stepped up deployment after recent attacks on merchant ships.
It pointed out that to counter these threats, the joint naval forces would strengthen their presence west of the Port of Aden in southern Yemen.
A spokesman said that in the last year alone, the force seized vast quantities of weapons in international waters, which could have armed an entire brigade of ground forces.
The seized shipments included 4,000 small arms and 100 rocket-propelled grenade launchers, 49 machine guns, 20 mortars and nine anti-tank missiles.
“The force set up in 2012 seeks to protect maritime security, combat terrorism and piracy and secure about 3.2 million square miles of international waters through which some of the most important shipping routes in the world pass through,” the spokesman said.


Saudi forces intercept Houthi missile targeting Najran

Updated 18 July 2018
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Saudi forces intercept Houthi missile targeting Najran

DUBAI: Saudi forces intercept missile fired by Houthi militias in the direction of Najran on Wednesday.

Last week, the kingdom’s air defense system intercepted a ballistic Houthi missile fired from northern Yemen.
A Saudi-led coalition said the missile was fired from Saada province toward the southern Saudi city of Najran. No casualties were reported.
Coalition spokesperson, Col. Turki Al-Maliki, said that at 12:52 p.m. the coalition’s air defense forces spotted the missile launched by the Iran-backed militant group, where it was intercepted and destroyed.
Al-Maliki said that the missile was deliberately launched to target civilian and populated areas.
The spokesperson added that “this hostile action by the Houthi militia proves the Iranian regime’s continued involvement in supporting the rebels with qualitative capabilities in clear and explicit defiance of UN resolution 2216 and 2231 aimed at safeguarding Saudi Arabia’s security and any regional and international threats.”