Yemen's Houthi rebels fire missile at Saudi-led warship in Red Sea

Source: Xinhua| 2017-06-14 16:27:10|Editor: Yurou Liang
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SANAA, June 14 (Xinhua) -- Yemen's dominant Shiite Houthi rebels said they fired a missile at a Saudi-led coalition warship off Mokha coast in the Red Sea on Wednesday, the rebels media reported.

"The navy of the army and popular forces on Wednesday targeted a warship belonging to a Saudi-led coalition while it was carrying out hostile acts off Mokha coast of Taiz province," the rebels-controlled state Saba news agency quoted a Houthi military official as saying.

Meanwhile, the Houthi-run Al Massira TV channel said "the navy forces of the national army fired a missile targeting the enemy coalition warship at the Red Sea early morning of Wednesday."

The channel said the missile hit the target accurately. Both Houthi media gave no further details.

This is the latest in a series of attacks carried out by Houthis against the coalition in the Red Sea.

On January 30, the Saudi state news agency SPA reported that Houthi militants attacked a warship with three suicide bombing boats off Yemeni Hodeidah port city, causing an explosion that killed two crew members and injured three others.

In October last year, a U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer was targeted in the Red Sea in a failed missile attack from Yemen.

In response, former U.S. President Barack Obama's administration launched cruise missile strikes on Houthi-controlled coastal radar sites in Yemen.

The coalition, led by Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies, intervened in Yemen's conflict in March 2015 and has since carried out thousands of air strikes against Houthi targets.

The war has killed over 10,000 Yemeni people, mostly civilians, and displaced around 2 million, according to the United Nations humanitarian agencies.