Yemen rebels attack on UAE military             

Yemen rebels attack on UAE military             

SANAA: (APP) Yemeni rebels claimed on Saturday that they hit a vessel operated by the Emirati military, which is part of a Saudi-led coalition fighting in support of Yemen's government.

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The UAE military said a boat under its command was involved in an "incident" in the Bab al-Mandab strait. It said there were no casualties.

"Rockets targeted an Emirati warship as it approached the coast of Mokha" on the Red Sea, the Iran-backed Huthi rebels said in a statement on their website.

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"It was completely destroyed," they said.

In a statement published by the official WAM news agency, the Emirati military said the boat was on a routine trip from Aden, further south, and that an investigation has begun.

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It said the boat had been hired, but did not provide more details or say if the vessel was damaged.

The UAE is a key member of the coalition that has been battling Iran-backed Huthi rebels and their allies since March last year in support of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi's internationally recognised government.