Fighters from Yemen’s Houthi movement have reportedly crashed suicide boats into a Saudi warship, killing two people. The Saudi state news agency, SPA, said the vessels hit the ship off the western coast of Yemen on Monday, causing an explosion that killed two crew members and injured three others. A statement from the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen, reported by the agency, said the Saudi frigate “came under attack from three suicide boats belonging to the Houthi militias”. The Houthi movement’s official news channel, al-Masira, contradicted this, quoting a military source as saying the explosion was caused by a guided missile they fired.
The Saudi frigate “came under attack from three suicide boats belonging to the Houthi militias”.
The Saudi state news agency, SPA
Separately, the Houthis said they launched a ballistic missile at the coalition’s base island of Zuqar, between Yemen and Eritrea, on Tuesday morning, also according to al-Masira. It is not yet known if there were any casualties. The Houthi movement - which champions Yemen’s Zaidi Shia Muslim minority - is engaged in conflict with coalition troops and pro-government fighters, who are trying to advance northward to stop them taking control of Red Sea ports. The conflict in Yemen began when the Shia Houthis, supported by former president Ali Abdullah Saleh and allies, seized the capital, Sanaa, in September 2014, overthrowing Saudi-backed President Abed-Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s government.