Riyadh, 20 September 2019 (dpa/MIA) – A Saudi-led military alliance fighting Iran-allied rebels in Yemen said Friday it had mounted strikes against the Houthi rebels near the coastal province of Hodeida, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
The agency quoted the spokesman of the US-led coalition, Turki al-Malaki as saying that “they intercepted and destroyed a booby-trapped and remote-controlled boat.”
He added that the coalition’s joint forces targeted the north of Hodeidah, where “hostile” Houthi targets threaten regional and international security.
Al-Maliki added that the Houthi “terrorist militia uses the Hodeidah governorate for launching ballistic missiles, drones, booby-trapped and remote-controlled boats, as well as indiscriminately deploying naval mines, in clear violation of international laws.”
In recent months, Houthis have launched a string of drone and missile attacks into Saudi territory, which the rebels say are to defend themselves against the coalition’s strikes.
The Saudi coalition has been fighting the Houthis since 2015, when it was formed to counter advances by the Iran-allied rebels towards the Yemeni government’s temporary seat in Aden. The rebels took over the capital Sana’a and other areas in late 2014.
The devastating power struggle between the Saudi-backed government and the Houthis has left Yemen, already one of the Arab world’s poorest countries, with a famine and massive damage to infrastructure.