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Boats with ‘weapons shipment’ bombed off Taiz coast

Image of the Dry Dock in Yemen [Rod Waddington/Wikipedia]
Image of the Dry Dock in Yemen [Rod Waddington/Wikipedia]

Saudi-led coalition aircrafts bombed boats allegedly loaded with weapons that were being smuggled to Houthi militias off the coast of Mocha and Dhubab, situated in western Taiz, sources told Saudi Al Arabiya.

It is unknown where the boat came from, but the Houthi branch of the Yemeni news agency Saba News has reported that the boats came from Pakistan and that six Pakistani sailors were killed in the attack.

They also claimed that rather than the boat carrying weapons to Houthis in Taiz, it was instead carrying 12 Pakistani nationals fishing on the Red Sea. The site did not discuss the fate of the remaining six crew members.

Yemen has been locked in a bitter battle between Houthi rebels allied with forces loyal to ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh and government forces led by President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, along with local tribes and resistance forces backed by the Saudi-led coalition.

Nearly 60,000 people have been killed as a result of the conflict and more than three million have been displaced.

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