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Saudi claims intercepting 'explosive-laden' boat off Red Sea port

Iran Press TV

Tuesday, 27 April 2021 12:51 PM

Saudi Arabia claims its navy forces have intercepted and destroyed a "remote-controlled explosive-laden" boat off its Red Sea port of Yanbu.

The Saudi Defense Ministry reported a "hostile attempt" in the area in a statement issued on Tuesday and said it was investigating the case, without giving further details.

Earlier in the day, Private maritime security firm Dryad Global said there had been "unconfirmed reports" of an attack on a ship off Yanbu.

It said the targeted vessel could have been the oil tanker NCC Dammam, owned by a unit of the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri).

The company's chief executive Abdullah Aldubaikhi, however, told Reuters that no vessels owned by the company had been attacked.

The kingdom has, in the past, reported several incidents allegedly involving such vessels in its coastal waters.

According to Saudi sources, the latest such development came last December, when a tanker was hit by one such boat off the port city of Jeddah.

Earlier, an explosion had also allegedly targeted a tanker at another Saudi terminal on the Red Sea.

The alleged incident on Tuesday came as the kingdom keeps leading a deadly war against its impoverished southern neighbor Yemen.

The Saudi regime and allied aggressor states have been trying unsuccessfully to restore Yemen's former Riyadh-friendly officials. It has killed tens of thousands of Yemenis in the meantime and brought the Arab world's already poorest nation close to the brink of outright famine.

Yemen's defense forces, comprised of its army and Popular Committees, have been returning the warfare with daily retaliatory strikes against sensitive spots across the kingdom.

They have vowed to keep up their counteroffensives as long as Riyadh sustains its attacks and refuses to lift its crippling siege on Yemen.

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