The Arab coalition fighting the Houthi militias in Yemen announced on Friday that it had launched a military operation in the north of Yemen’s port city of Hodeidah against “legitimate military targets.”
The coalition said it had destroyed four sites used to assemble remote-controlled boats and sea mines. “These sites are used to carry out attacks and terrorist operations that threaten shipping lines and international trade in the Bab Al Mandab Strait and the southern Red Sea,” coalition spokesman Col Turki Al Maliki said in a statement.
The destruction of hostile sites helps protect the freedom of maritime navigation, Al-Maliki said, adding that the operation abides by international law.
“The Houthi terrorist militia is using the governorate of Hodeidah as a base from which to launch ballistic missiles, drones, and booby-trapped remote-controlled boats, as well as indiscriminately deploying naval mines, in a clear violation of international humanitarian law and in violation of the provisions of Stockholm Agreement and the cease-fire agreement in Hodeidah,” he said.