Houthi Rebels Threaten To Sink Saudi Battleships And Oil Tankers

Houthi rebels in civil-war torn Yemen have threatened to start attacking oil tankers and warships sailing under Saudi coalition flag, unless Riyadh lifts its naval blockade of Yemen which threatens the lives of millions in the war-torn country.

The threat of a military response to the ongoing blockade was made after Houthi leader Maj. Gen. Yousef al-Madani met leaders of the naval, coastal defense and coast guard forces Saturday. On that day, Houthi leader Abdel-Malek al-Houthi posted a message on Facebook assuring that “international navigation will remain safe as it was before,” making clear that “only those who attack our country” will be targeted.

“Battleships and oil tankers of the aggressor and its movements will not be immune from the fire of Yemeni naval forces if directed by the senior leadership,” Al Masirah news cited the country’s navy and coast guard as saying Sunday. A military spokesman for the Houthi rebels, Gen. Sharaf Ghalib Luqman, said that “systematic crimes of aggression” and the “closure of ports” compels the Houthi forces “to target all sources of funding” of the aggressor. He added the country is ready to “respond to the escalation of the Saudi-US aggression promptly.”

The Saudi-led military coalition announced last week that it was temporarily shutting all of Yemen’s land border crossings as well as its air and sea ports in response to a ballistic missile that targeted Riyadh on November 4. The kingdom accused Houthis of launching an Iran-supplied ballistic missile at the Saudi capital last weekend, and responded with bombing raids on the Yemeni capital, Sana’a. Iran has denied allegations that it supplies weapons to the Houthis, but concedes it backs the rebels’ cause. The Houthis, which are loyal to Yemen’s former president, are currently in control of most of Yemen, despite the two-year war with the Saudi Arabian-led coalition that began in defense of the exiled incumbent, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Following the November 6 closure of all ports of entry into Yemen, a range of UN bodies expressed concern over the fate of civilians in the country, where nearly 7 million people are starving while others depend on humanitarian assistance amidst a deadly cholera epidemic. According to the United Nations, the blockade could result in the death of millions from famine. Although Saudi Arabia says access of aid workers to the crisis-stricken country is open, aid agencies, according to Reuters, have claimed that they have not been able to enter it.

“The recent closure of the Yemen's airspace, sea and land ports has worsened the already shrinking space for the lifesaving humanitarian work. It is blocking the delivery of vital humanitarian assistance to children in desperate need in Yemen. And it is making a catastrophic situation for children far worse,” Meritxell Relano, the UNICEF Representative in Yemen said Friday. Also describing the situation in Yemen as “catastrophic,” a spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) urged the Saudis to lift the blockade, as up to 90 percent of Yemen’s daily needs are served through humanitarian aid. “That lifeline has to be kept open and it is absolutely essential that the operation of the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) be allowed to continue unhindered,” Jens Laerke said.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric warned that the Saudi-led blockade “has had a tremendously negative impact on a situation that is already catastrophic.” While Mark Lowcock, the UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, said that unless Saudi Arabia lifts the blockade, “it will be the largest famine the world has seen for many decades, with millions of victims."

Last week, the UN Security Council demanded that the Saudi-led coalition keep Yemen’s air and sea ports open to aid deliveries into the country following a session discussing Riyadh’s draconian measures.

To date, no UN warnings and threats have had any impact. The Saudi-led coalition has been waging a military campaign against Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen since March 2015. According to the latest UN figures, the three-year-old conflict has so far claimed the lives of over 5,000 civilians, in addition to nearly 9,000 people that have been injured.


TxExPat IH8OBAMA Mon, 11/13/2017 - 12:46 Permalink

Bad Translation, "War ship" is probably what was intended.  (Destroyers/Frigates for the Saudi's).Google Translate, and people who don't speak English as a native language tend to step on that one...(Although lately, Special Snowflakes who equate Conflict as "Crime Think" seem to be doing so increasingly as well...). 

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JohninMK eclectic syncretist Mon, 11/13/2017 - 14:16 Permalink

One of the Houti spys, sorry contacts, will ID a suitable Saudi tanker heading home through the Suez canal, Using marine traffic monitoring data on the Internet the local coastal defence troops will monitor it until it comes within range of one of their Chinese supplied C-801 anti ship missles.A couple of minutes later there is a huge explosion as the tanker, empty of oil but full of explosive gasses, goes pop.A minute later oil prices double.

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Anonymous IX wisehiney Mon, 11/13/2017 - 12:45 Permalink

Dear wisehiney:  Many more groups--not simply nation states--do have nuclear weapons (E.g., where do you think all the missing nuclear weapons from the U.S.S.R. "disappeared"?).  Wait until "someone" feels that they have justification to use one; couple their use with a philosophy which believes in extreme retribution, i.e., an eye for an eye; and watch the fireworks.  The Middle East will be finished in terms of a habitable region on Earth.   I don't know who you are, but you, my friend, need to close your mouth and research Yemen.  

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D503 Mon, 11/13/2017 - 12:08 Permalink

I've been saying this for years. Real terrorists would suicide attack oil tankers to actually hurt America. You never see an attack on Hollywood either. The American sheep will believe anything.

D503 HRClinton Mon, 11/13/2017 - 14:13 Permalink

While I wholeheartedly agree, the last "terrorist" planned for a year to rent a truck to drive it on the sidewalk, so we have to expect a modicum of reservation when it comes to enacting strategies clearly outlined in the American Revolution, the Art of War, On Guerrilla Warfare...etc. That being said, I unabashedly admit to masturbating to the idea of boomers unable to post idiotic months old memes on their geriatric Facebook feeds and cannot play Farmville version infinity.0, all while millenials struggle with dead phones unable to swipe left or take another picture to support their Internet claim of a fulfilled life. Three days and these people would be eating each other.

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D503 shovelhead Mon, 11/13/2017 - 14:01 Permalink

Oh, we're drowning in our own oil? The oil we can't even refine without mixing with Saudi crude? The hydrofracturing "tight oil" that requires high temps and gallons of water per gallon of fuel to even extract? The shale oil that contains, pound for pound, less than half the energy as cornflakes? The oil with a EROEI between 8 and 4:1? The oil that is six times less profitable at the well head and has a logarithmic decline rate on a frontloaded sweet spot extraction model? That oil?Maybe you should crack open a physics book, pass chemistry, or study differential equations before irritating your betters with your logical equivalent to flat earth theory or "trannies are real women" conflations. Why not go walk the dog, or learn to whistle? You know, something you can manage?

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khnum Mon, 11/13/2017 - 12:15 Permalink

Well after the Saudi's have killed 10000 civilians,caused conditions for a cholera epidemic of 1000 000  victims and are now starving 20 000 000 yemenis Id say they better act quickly before Trumps 10 year 350 billion dollar arms deal with the Saudis kicks in.

RussianSniper Mon, 11/13/2017 - 12:26 Permalink

Russia, along with Iran and China, need to step up, be a world leader, and not allow the Saudi, Israeli, and US criminal enterprise to destroy anything further.

Enough is enough.

Form war crime tribunals and end this evil.