Coalition forces in Yemen foil Houthi boatbomb attack 

Coalition forces in Yemen foil Houthi boatbomb attack 
In this photo released by the Arab Coalition in Yemen in 2018, a boat rigged with explosives similar to this was launched by Houthis near Hodeidah but it was intercepted and destroyed by Saudi-led Coalition forces. A similar boat was destroyed also on Aug. 30, 2020. (File photo)
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Updated 31 August 2020

Coalition forces in Yemen foil Houthi boatbomb attack 

Coalition forces in Yemen foil Houthi boatbomb attack 
  • Boat attack follows drone attack on airport in Saudi Arabia's Abha city

RIYADH: Saudi-led coalition forces in Yemen intercepted and destroyed a remote-controlled boat rigged with explosives in Hodeidah governorate on Sunday, the alliance's joint command said.

In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the coalition said the bomb-laden boat was launched by the Iran-backed Houthi "terrorist" militia.

The boat was destroyed before it could do any damage, coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki said in the statement without giving details.

Al-Maliki said the Houthi militia "is using Hodeidah governorate as a place to launch ballistic missiles, drones, and explosive and remotely piloted boats, as well as the random deployment of marine mines, in a clear and explicit violation of international humanitarian law, as well as a violation of the provisions of the Stockholm ceasefire agreement in Hodeidah."

Earlier on Sunday, the coalition said Saudi air defense forces shot down an armed drone launched by the Houthis toward Abha airport in southern Saudi Arabia.

Although some shrapnel fell on the airport as the drone was destroyed, no injuries were reported, Al-Maliki said.