On Monday, Saudi authorities confirmed that two sailors were killed when Houthi rebels attacked a Saudi naval frigate with three suicide boats. The militants launched the attack from the port of Hodeida, on the Red Sea. This new development poses a threat to the 8 per cent of global trade that flows through the the Bab Al-Mandab strait, 260km south of Hodeida.

From the AFP

Yemen rebel ‘suicide boat’ attack kills Saudi sailors

The assault off the rebel-held port of Hodeida came as coalition-backed government forces pressed a deadly drive up the Red Sea coast, despite mounting international pressure for a ceasefire.

“A Saudi frigate came under a terrorist attack by three suicide boats belonging to the Huthi militias,” the coalition said late Monday without specifying when it happened.

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From Al Arabiya

Two killed after Houthis attack Saudi warship

One of the Houthi boats collided with the rear of the Saudi warship, resulting in the explosion of the boat and a fire at the rear of the ship. The crew were able to extinguish the fire but two members of the ship’s crew were killed in the attack while three others were injured and are said to be in stable conditions.

“The Saudi ship has 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 statement read.

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From Reuters

Yemen’s Houthis attack Saudi ship, launch ballistic missile

Separately, the Houthis said they launched a ballistic missile at a Saudi-led coalition military base on the Red Sea island of Zuqar between Yemen and Eritrea on Tuesday morning, according to the group’s official news channel al-Masira.

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