DUBAI (Reuters) – The Saudi Arabia-led coalition fighting the Houthi forces in Yemen has wrecked two explosive-laden boats carried by the Iranian-focused group in an “imminent” attack from the Red Sea port in Hodeidah wanted to use, reported the Saudi media on Sunday.
The coalition also said it intercepted and destroyed two armed drones that were fired towards southern Saudi Arabia.
The Houthis, who ousted Yemen’s internationally recognized government from the capital Sanaa and now hold most of northern Yemen, have continued rocket and drone strikes on Saudi Arabia after Riyadh unveiled a new peace initiative last week.
U.S. Special Envoy Tim Lenderking returned to the region Thursday to press for the initiative, which includes a statewide ceasefire.
The Houthis want the coalition to completely lift their sea and air blockade in the areas controlled by the group.
The conflict, viewed in the region as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran, has caused the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, according to the United Nations.
The Houthis say they are fighting a corrupt system and foreign aggression.
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