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Saudi-led coalition says it foiled Houthi attack on ship in Red Sea

However, a Houthi military spokesman denied the group had targeted commercial ships in the Red Sea

Reuters , Monday 8 Jul 2019
Arab Coalition Spokesperson, Col. Turki Al-Maliki (Reuters)
Arab Coalition Spokesperson, Col. Turki Al-Maliki (Reuters)
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Naval forces from the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen foiled an attempted attack on a commercial ship in the Red Sea by the Houthi group, a military spokesman said on Monday.

A tweet by Saudi state television quoting Colonel Turki al-Malki did not name the ship or provide other details about the incident.

However, a Houthi military spokesman denied the group had targeted commercial ships in the Red Sea, the group's Al Masirah TV reported.

The Saudi-led coalition, which supports the internationally recognised government of Yemen President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, have been locked in a war against Houthi rebels since 2015.

Yemen lies on one side of the Bab al-Mandeb strait at the southern mouth of the Red Sea.

The Bab al-Mandeb strait is one of the most important trade routes for oil tankers heading from the Middle East to Europe.

Last year, Saudi Arabia suspended oil shipments through Bab al-Mandeb strait for more than a week after the Houthis attacked two ships in the waterway.

* This story was edited by Ahram Online.

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