Saudi Oil Tanker Hit In Houthi Missile Attack Off Yemen

In the latest attempt by Houthi rebels to strike directly at Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom said Tuesday a Saudi oil tanker in the Red Sea was hit in a Houthi attack off Yemen’s main port city of Hodeidah, Al-Arabiya reported on Tuesday, citing a statement from the Saudi-led coalition.

The oil tanker was attacked by Houthi rebels at 1:30pm local time on Tuesday, said Colonel Turki al-Maliki, a spokesman for the coalition forces, as quoted by Al Arabiya. He said the attack took place in international waters west of the port of Hodeidah, which is under the control of Houthi armed militias.

Al-Maliki said the attack failed after one of the alliance's naval vessels intervened, adding that the oil tanker suffered only minor damage. The vessel continued on its navigational line and sailed north following the incident, while being accompanied by alliance ships.

As Reuters adds, the Iran-aligned Houthi group said they had targeted a warship of the coalition in the Red Sea in response to an air strike in Yemen’s Hodeidah province on Monday.

More details from Al Arabiya, google translated:

Col. Turki al-Maliki explained that the attempt failed after the intervention of one of the naval vessels of the alliance, and the implementation of the rapid intervention, and resulted in the attack suffered a minor injury to the carrier, and completed its navigational line and sail north accompanied by a naval alliance ships.

He stressed Colonel al - Maliki that this terrorist attack constitutes a serious threat to freedom of navigation and global trade Strait of Bab el Mandeb and the Red Sea, may also cause environmental damage and economic, and that the continuation of these attempts highlights the danger of these militias and those who stand behind them on the regional and international security, and underlines the continued use of # The port of al-Hodeidah as a starting point for terrorist operations, as well as the smuggling of rockets and weapons.

The attack comes a day after the Hodeidah sustained a Saudi-led coalition bombing, which killed at least 12 civilians, including seven children. The airstrike victims were reportedly all from the same family.

Late last year, Saudi missile defenses intercepted a Houthi ballistic missile moments before it struck a a royal palace in Riyadh. They've also recently launched an attack on an Aramco facility.

The Yemeni civil war, which erupted three years ago, has morphed into a proxy conflict between KSA and its regional archrival, Iran, which backs the Houthi rebels. Since March 2015, a Saudi-led coalition has carried out airstrikes against the Houthis that've led to the deaths of more than half a million civilians. The Saudi coalition includes forces from other Persian gulf countries.

US lawmakers even considered a bill that would've cut off US aid to Saudi Arabia that would've helped support the Kingdom's allies in the conflict. Millions of Yemenis are in need of humanitarian aid.


Adolph.H. DillyDilly Tue, 04/03/2018 - 10:58 Permalink

Idiots, not really interested in avoiding a major ecological disaster, destroying one of their primary food sources. 

Unbelievable idiots. And we'll get tons of rapefugees that are not going to be any better. 

But I understand this is part of the US strategy to get an excuse to seize control over the strait of Bab el-Mandeb from both sides of it. 

In reply to by DillyDilly

mobius8curve ParkAveFlasher Tue, 04/03/2018 - 11:00 Permalink

It all started in the Middle East and it will end in the Middle East:

Genesis 2:11-14  The name of the first is Pishon: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;  (12)  and the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone.  (13)  And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Cush.  (14)  And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth in front of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.

Revelation 16:16  And they gathered them together into the place which is called in Hebrew Har-Magedon.

This will take place in the last 7 years:…

In reply to by ParkAveFlasher

Conscious Reviver toady Tue, 04/03/2018 - 19:37 Permalink

This is a constantly stated misdirection -

"The Yemeni civil war, which erupted three years ago, has morphed into a proxy conflict between KSA and its regional archrival, Iran, which backs the Houthi rebels."

Iran had nothing to do with the start of this. The Houthis aren't exactly Shia, at least not like Iranian Shia. The longer the war drags on, the more likely the enemy of my enemy idea will kick in, but as of now, there is no evidence of Iranian support for the Houthis. Yes, every time the Houthis fire a missile the Saudis scream "Iran! Iran!", but there are Scuds all over the ME. The Yemen government bought many from the Norks before the war. The Houthis and local allies are skilled enough to modify their inventory. Example. Houthis recently hut a Saudi F15. How's that possible when they have no surface to air missiles? Ans: They modified an air to air missile in their inventory to fire from the ground. 

It's very sick what the Saudis are doing in Yemen. 

In reply to by toady

DillyDilly Adolph.H. Tue, 04/03/2018 - 12:00 Permalink

^^^"Idiots, not really interested in avoiding a major ecological disaster, destroying one of their primary food sources. 

Unbelievable idiots"


I think you might be the idiot here for believing this story at face value.


Occams Razor would be that it was Israel shooting at the Saudi Tanker and blaming it on Yemen so they could add a few more verses to their favorite Beach Boys song...


Tried Betty Sue [Ukraine]
Tried Betty Lou [Syria]
Tried Mary Sue [Yemen]
But I knew I had to do it


Bomb Iran, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Bomb Iran

In reply to by Adolph.H.