Saudi-led coalition forces destroy boat laden with explosives launched by Iran-backed terrorists

BREAKING: Naval forces from the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen thwarted an “imminent terrorist attack” using an unmanned boat laden with explosives in the southern Red Sea.

Iranian-backed Houthi terrorists launched the unmanned boat from Hodeidah province. The boat was intercepted by coalition navy forces and subsequently destroyed.

“The coalition navy detected on Sunday morning an imminent hostile, terrorist attack in Southern Red Sea using a remote-controlled boat set to explode, by the terrorist Iran-backed Houthi militia,” coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Malki said in a statement.

In addition, three naval mines planted by Houthi terrorists were discovered in Bab al-Mandeb strait and the southern Red Sea during the past 24 hours.

Yemen lies along the Bab al-Mandeb strait at the southern mouth of the Red Sea, one of the most important trade routes for oil tankers heading from the Middle East to Europe.

Saudi Arabia paused oil shipments through Bab al-Mandeb for more than a week in 2018 after the Houthis attacked two ships in the waterway.

The Western-backed coalition intervened in Yemen to try to restore the internationally recognized government that was ousted from power in the capital Sanaa in late 2014 by the Houthi terrorists, who now control most major urban centers.