ADEN (Rahnuma): Warplanes of the Saudi-led Arab coalition on Friday launched airstrikes and destroyed Houthi booby-trapped boats off Yemen’s Red Sea port city of Hodeidah.
Waddah Dubaish, spokesman for joint pro-government forces in the country’s western coast, said “several pre-dawn airstrikes struck around nine booby-trapped boats that were previously prepared by the Houthis rebels in Hodeidah’s northern part.”
He confirmed that “the Saudi-led operation managed to foil a possible attack by the Houthi rebels against the international navigation routes in Bab Al Mandeb and the Red Sea.”
“The operation took place after precise intelligence information, and successfully destroyed the booby-trapped boats and thwarted the Houthi attack that was imminent,” said the military spokesman.
The spokesman called on the international community to take necessary measures to confront the serious Houthi threat that may harm the international shipping routes and global trade in the Red Sea.
Earlier in the day, Saudi media outlets reported that the Saudi-led coalition supporting Yemen’s government announced attacking military targets held by Houthis north of Hodeidah province.
Meanwhile, the Houthi-affiliated Masirah television network reported that the Saudi-led coalition launched three air raids that struck a citizen’s farm in Hodeidah’s district of Dhohy in the northeast part of the province.
The Houthi TV considered the Saudi-led airstrikes as a new breach for the cease-fire brokered by the United Nations in Hodeidah, but didn’t mention details about any casualties.
The Iran-allied Houthi rebels control the city while the Saudi-backed government troops have advanced to the southeastern outskirts.
Hodeidah is the key lifeline entry point for the country’s most food imports and humanitarian aid. The four-year grinding war has pushed over 20 million people to the verge of starvation.
The Yemeni warring parties reached a peace deal on Hodeidah in December last year as a step toward brokering a comprehensive political solution.
Sporadic breaches are daily recorded in Hodeidah as the two sides failed to withdraw their forces in accordance with the agreement reached in the Swedish capital Stockholm.