On May 28, the Saudi-led coalition announced that it had foiled an attempt by the Houthis (Ansar Allah) to launch an attack with booby-trapped boats.
In a statement, the coalition said that it destroyed two remotely-controlled water-borne improvised explosive devices (WBIED) off the shores of the town of al-Salif in the western Yemeni province of al-Hudaydah while Houthi fighters were preparing them for an attack.
“The Houthi militia continues to threaten shipping and international trade routes in southern Red Sea … The Houthi militia continues to violate the Stockholm Agreement [which places al-Hudaydah under a ceasefire] by launching hostilities from the province of al-Hudaydah,” the statement reads.
The Houthis have been targeting Saudi-led coalition warships with remotely-controlled WBIEDs for several years. A report released by the Conflict Armament Research (CAR) in 2017 revealed that Iranian components were used in these makeshift anti-shipping weapons.
The Yemeni group’s attacks on Saudi Arabia and its proxies in Yemen reached unprecedented levels this year. In the last three days, the Saudi-led coalition intercepted three suicide drones launched from Yemen by the Houthis.
Six years into the war in Yemen, the coalition is yet to neutralize the Houthis’ offensive capabilities which seem to be growing rapidly.
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