Houthi attempt to attack fishing vessels in the Red Sea thwarted

In this file photo, a man walks past a ship at the Red Sea port of Hodeidah. (Reuters)
Updated 30 June 2018

Houthi attempt to attack fishing vessels in the Red Sea thwarted

LONDON: The Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi militias in Yemen said Saturday that a Houthi attempt to attack fishing vessels in the Red Sea has been thwarted. 

Boats belonging to Houthi militia were captured with rocket-propelled grenades and missiles on board, the coalition said. 

The coalition added that six ships are currently unloading their cargo in the port of Hodeidah and eight others are waiting to enter it. 

A Turkish ship that was earlier attacked by Houthi militia has entered Salif Port in order to unload its cargo. It was repaired in the port of Jazan, the coalition reported.  

On Friday, the Saudi-led military coalition fighting the Houthis in Yemen said it would welcome a political deal to end the conflict but indicated it would keep insisting on a complete withdrawal by the Houthis from territory seized since 2014.

The statement from the alliance came after UN Yemen envoy Martin Griffiths said he hoped to get the warring parties to the negotiating table in the next few weeks to end fighting at the port city of Hodeidah, a lifeline for Yemen. The United Nations hopes a breakthrough at Hodeidah could lead to a wider solution to the three-year-old conflict. 


Iran will defend itself against any aggression: foreign minister

Updated 1 min 31 sec ago

Iran will defend itself against any aggression: foreign minister

  • Iraq said they will act as an intermediary between US and Iran
  • Iran said they proposed to sign a non-aggression pact with Gulf countries

BAGHDAD: Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said on Sunday that Tehran would strongly defend itself against any military or economic aggression and called on European states to do more to preserve a nuclear agreement his country signed with them.
Speaking in a news conference in Baghdad with his Iraqi counterpart Mohammed Al-Hakim, Zarif said his country wanted to build balanced relations with its Gulf Arab neighbors and that it had proposed signing a non-aggression pact with them.
Iraq stands with Iran and is willing to act as an intermediary between its neighbor and the United States, Hakim said, adding that Baghdad does not believe an “economic blockade” is fruitful, a reference to US sanctions.