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Saudi Press Agency

The Joint Forces Command of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen: Interception and Destruction of (2) Remote-Controlled Exploding Boats Launched by the Terrorist Iran-backed Houthi militia from (Hodeida) Governorate

Saudi Press Agency

Tuesday 1441/7/22 - 2020/03/17

Riyadh, March 17, 2020, SPA -- Statement by the Official Spokesman of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen COL Turki Al-Malki

"This morning, Tuesday 17 March 2020, Coalition Naval forces detected an attempt by the terrorist Iran-backed Houthi militia to conduct an imminent hostile, terrorist act in Southern Red Sea using (2) R/C exploding boats launched from Hodeida governorate.

The two boats, representing a threat to regional and international security as well as SLOCs and international trade in Southern Red Sea and Bab-el-Mandeb strait, were totaled and destroyed.

The terrorist Iran-backed Houthi militia is using Hodeida Governorate as a ballistic missile, UAV, remote controlled exploding boat launch hub and naval mine indiscriminate deployment in a blatant violation of the International Humanitarian Law and the Stockholm Agreement's Hodeida Ceasefire. The number of detected and destroyed R/C exploding boats has reached (46), Naval mines detected and destroyed has reached (153).

The Joint Forces Command of the Coalition will continue to implement all strict, deterring measures against this terrorist militia to neutralize and eliminate such threats that threaten regional and international security."

14:00 LOCAL TIME 11:00 GMT

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