Yemen's Houthis Hit Saudi Oil Tanker Off Coast

Saudi soldiers stand guard before aid supplies are unloaded from a Saudi air force cargo plane at an airfield in Yemen's central Province of Ma’arib

The United States expressed concern after Yemen's Houthis attacked a ship in worldwide waters and accused the militant group of trying to escalate the conflict in the country, the White House said in a press release on Wednesday.

Yemen's Houthi rebels have said they launched an attack on a Saudi oil tanker, close to the besieged port of Hodeidah, in response to Monday's deadly Saudi-led coalition airstrike.

The coalition spokesman described it as a "terrorist attack" that threatens commercial shipping routes in the vital Bab al-Mandeb strait, used for oil shipments from the Gulf to Europe, as well as goods from Asia to Europe.

"The Houthi terrorist attack is a desperate attempt to impact the security of worldwide navigation", Falih said on his official Twitter account.

The Western-backed, Saudi-led coalition, says the Houthis attacked the oil tanker off Yemen's main port of Hudaida on Tuesday. Debris from the missiles fell on a home, killing one person.




The department's text message was referring to an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition on Monday in Houthi-controlled Hodeidah that destroyed a house and killed 12 civilians from the same family, including seven children.

The Saudi-led coalition has been at war with the Iran-allied Houthis for more than three years, a conflict that has killed more than 10,000 Yemenis and devastated the Arab world's poorest country.

In April 2017, Saudi forces said they have foiled an attempt to blow up an Aramco fuel terminal in southern Saudi Arabia using a high-speed boat laden with explosives, alleging Yemen's Houthis were behind the attempt. Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of arming the Houthi militants as part of a proxy war.

Today, the US government announced almost $87 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people of Yemen at the Yemen High-Level Pledging Conference held in Geneva, Switzerland. In particular, we thank the governments of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for their recent combined $930 million contribution to the UN's coordinated response.

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