Arab coalition hits sites in Hodeidah hours after taking out Houthi boat bomb

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The Arab coalition fighting the Houthi militias in Yemen announced on Friday the launch of a military operation in the north of Hodeidah against legitimate military targets.

The coalition said it destroyed four sites used to gather and booby-trap remote boats and maritime mines.

The destruction of hostile sites contributes to preserving the freedom of maritime navigation, a statement from the coalition said which was carried on the Saudi Press Agency, adding that the operation abides by International law.

The coalition warned civilians to stay away from the targeted locations for their own safety.

Earlier, the coalition intercepted and destroyed a Houthi boat laden with explosives in the Red Sea.

“The coalition’s naval forces detected an attempt by the terrorist Houthi militia backed by Iran to carry out an imminent act of aggression and terrorism in the southern Red Sea using an unmanned, rigged boat … launched from Hodeidah province,” coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki said in a statement.

Al-Maliki said Thursday’s foiled attack represented a threat to regional and international security and the safety of maritime routes and international trade.

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