Two dead in Houthi suicide attack on Saudi navy patrol

A container terminal at the Red Sea port of Hodeidah, Yemen, in this file photo taken on November 16, 2016. (Reuters)
Updated 31 January 2017
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Two dead in Houthi suicide attack on Saudi navy patrol

JEDDAH: A Saudi patrol frigate was attacked by three Houthi suicide boats off the shore of the Yemeni port of Hodeidah, killing two, the Arab coalition headquarters said Monday.
A Saudi patrol frigate was patrolling the coast of Yemen when the attack took pace, the coalition in support of the legitimate Yemeni government said.
The statement added that the Saudi navy ship dealt with the attacking boats as per the rules of engagement.
One of the boats collided with the rear of the vessel, resulting in an explosion and fire at the rear of the ship, which was brought under control. As a result, two Saudi crew members were killed and three others injured, who are now in a stable condition.
The coalition added that the Saudi ship continued patrolling the area, while coalition air and navy forces chased the other two boats.
The coalition asserts that the continuation of the Houthi militias in the use of the port of Hodeidah as a launching point for terrorist operations is a serious development. It would impact on the international maritime movement and undermine the flow of humanitarian and medical assistance arriving at the port to aid the Yemeni citizens, it added. 


France: ‘not very credible’ that Houthis attacked Saudi oil plants

Updated 19 September 2019

France: ‘not very credible’ that Houthis attacked Saudi oil plants

  • The Frrench foreign minister said to wait for the results of the investigation
  • Iran, which supports the Houthi group, has denied any involvement in the attacks

PARIS: A claim from Yemen’s Houthis they were responsible for the attack on Saudi oil facilities is “not very credible,” France’s foreign minister said on Thursday.
“Yemen’s rebels have announced they have triggered this attack. That is not very credible, relatively speaking,” the minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, told C News television.
“There is an international investigation, let’s wait for its results. I don’t have a specific opinion before these results,” he said, adding the investigation into the Saudi oil attacks will be fast.
The Trump administration and Saudi Arabia have pointed the finger at Iran for the Sept. 14 raids, which hit the world’s biggest crude oil processing facility and initially knocked out half of Saudi output.
Iran, which supports the Houthi group, has denied any involvement in the attacks.