Saudi Navy oil tanker attacked in international waters: officials

Saudi Navy oil tanker attacked in international waters: officials

RIYADH - A Saudi oil tanker was subjected to a Houthi-Iranian attack on Tuesday afternoon.

Col. Turki al-Maliki confirmed that at exactly 1:30 pm local time, one of the Saudi oil tankers was attacked in international waters west of Hudaydah port, currently controlled Houthi armed militias supported by Iran, Al Arabiya has reported.

The planned attacked was foiled after one coalition naval ship which carried out an intervention. The attack resulted in some minor damage to the tanker which completed its navigational course north accompanied by the coalition naval ship. Maliki underlined that the attack presented a serious threat to the freedom of maritime navigation and international trade in the Strait of Bab-el-Mandeb and the Red Sea.

The coalition spokesman said that the continuation of these attempts reflected the danger of these militias and those who support them on regional and international security. He stressed that the Hudaydah port is still used as a launching point for “terrorist operations” as well as the smuggling of missiles and weapons.

He added that the leadership of the Joint Alliance forces continue to take and implement the necessary measures and all means to preserve security and stability. As well as to keep free shipping and international trade in Bab-el-Mandeb strait and the Red Sea.