Saudi frigate comes under terrorist attack west of Hodeida by three Houthi suicide boats
Monday 1438/5/2 - 2017/01/30
Riyadh, Jumada I 02, 1438, January 30, 2017, SPA -- The command of the coalition to support legitimacy in Yemen announced in a statement today 30/01/2017 that a Saudi frigate came under a terrorist attack by three suicide boats belonging to the Houthi militias while on patrol west of the port of Hodeida.
In its statement, the coalition said that the Saudi ship dealt with the boats as necessary. However, one of the boats collided with the rear of the vessel, resulting in the explosion of the boat and a fire at the rear of the ship. The crew extinguished the fire. Two members of the ship crew fell martyrs and three others were injured and they are in stable conditions.
The command added that the Saudi ship continued its patrol duties in the area of operations, while the air force and the coalition forces' ships continued to chase the fleeing boats to deal with them.
The command of the coalition asserts that the continuation of the Houthi militias' use of the port of Hodeida as a launching pad for terrorist operations is a serious development that would affect the international navigation and the flow of humanitarian and medical assistance into the port for Yemeni citizens.
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