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Arab Coalition: Houthi Missile Targeted Wheat-Carrying Turkish Vessel off Hodeidah

Arab Coalition: Houthi Missile Targeted Wheat-Carrying Turkish Vessel off Hodeidah

Tuesday, 22 May, 2018 - 12:30
Arab Coalition spokesperson Col. Turki al-Maliki. (Reuters)
Riyadh - Abdul Hadi Habtoor
An explosion has damaged a Turkish vessel carrying wheat to Yemen’s Houthi-controlled port of Saleef, in the Hodeidah governorate.

The vessel was struck by a missile launched from another vessel sailing four nautical miles away.

Saudi-led Arab Coalition spokesperson Col. Turki al-Maliki said during a press conference that a Turkish ship carrying wheat was attacked by a missile recently off the port of Hodeidah.

“One of the boats approached the ship from four nautical miles, and attacked it with a rocket that penetrated its hull and hit the internal wall of one of the balance tanks, causing the rocket and shrapnel to bounce off,” he said.

“The team concluded that it is a Houthi attack managed from the port of Hodeidah-- Houthi militias bear legal responsibility in accordance with international law.”

“There is no doubt that such attacks will have consequences for the marine environment.”

Maliki went on to reassure that Arab Coalition forces save no effort in securing the safety of ships carrying humanitarian aid to the Yemeni people in the Red Sea.

On the other hand, he went on to highlight continued progress achieved by the Yemeni National Army and pro-government popular resistance, directly supported by Arab Coalition air forces on all fronts.

The progress by government forces shows large collapses among the Iran-backed Houthi militia ranks.

The coalition spokesman revealed that explosive material was seized en route to the temporary capital Aden. A vehicle carrying 102 packets of sulfur acid, and another truck loaded with fertilizer used in the manufacture of explosives were seized.

Adding to Houthi-perpetrated atrocities, Maliki pointed out that the number of ballistic missiles which targeted Saudi cities reached 144, stressing that most of them were fired from the Houthi strongholds of Saada and North Amran.

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