Pro-Houthi forces attack UAE warship off Yemen coast

Source: Xinhua| 2017-07-29 22:03:54|Editor: Xiang Bo
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ADEN, Yemen, July 29 (Xinhua) -- Naval forces loyal to the Shiite Houthi group said Saturday they targeted a United Arab Emirates (UAE) military ship travelling near the western Mocha coast in Yemen's territorial waters.

In a statement, the pro-Houthi forces based in Sanaa said their naval forces fired several rockets at a UAE military ship of the Saudi-led coalition after it sailed within striking distance of their troops off the Mocha port.

Local media affiliated to the Houthi group said the footage and more details about the attack will be released later Saturday.

No confirmation or comments have been issued by the anti-Houthi forces in Yemen or the Saudi-led coalition.

The coastal Yemeni city of Mocha was captured by the Saudi-backed government forces in an all-out military offensive waged against Houthis earlier this year.

The Houthi forces have claimed responsibility for several previous attacks against Saudi, UAE and U.S. ships in the Red Sea.

Last month, the UAE Armed Forces General Command said its ship carrying medical aid was hit by a rocket launched by Shiite Houthi militia off the port of Mocha.

The attack caused no damage to the vessel, but left a crew member injured, the General Command said, adding that it is tracking down those behind the attack.

Since March 2015, a Saudi-led coalition has been fighting the Iran-backed Houthi rebels in the Arabian Peninsula country.

The UAE is part of the coalition of nine Arab states to support Yemen's internationally recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi in the fight against Houthis.