Two boats in Red Sea “laden with explosives” destroyed by Saudi-led coalition

Two explosive-laden boats operated by the Houthi rebels in Yemen were destroyed in the Red Sea on Thursday July 9th by the Saudi-led coalition that supports the official Yemeni government, a Saudi-led coalition spokesman has said.

The two boats were being remotely controlled by Houthi forces and were threatening navigation, the statement, which was published by Saudi state news agency SPA, said. They were sunk some 6km south of the Yemeni port of Salif during the early hours of Thursday morning.

Houthi armed forces spokesman Yahya Sarea responded on Twitter that the boats were civilian vessels. He called the coalition attack a ‘major aggression’ that had violated the December 2018 UN-brokered Stockholm peace deal.