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Saudi coalition says RC bomb boat intercepted

31 January 2018

Another remotely controlled boat carrying explosives was intercepted on 26 January, Colonel Turki al-Maliki, the spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen told journalists in a briefing three days later.

The Shark 33 is detailed during a 12 December 2017 US presentation on Iranian support for Ansar Allah. (US Department of Defense)The Shark 33 is detailed during a 12 December 2017 US presentation on Iranian support for Ansar Allah. (US Department of Defense)

Col Maliki identified the boat as a Shark 33: a name that has previously been attributed to a type recovered by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) forces operating in Yemen and used as evidence that Iran is supplying weaponry to the Ansar Allah (Houthis) group that the coalition is fighting.

The coalition spokesman added that the device was deployed from the Red Sea port of Al-Hudaydah, which is controlled by Ansar Allah, and was heading westwards to threaten international shipping when it was intercepted by the coalition 13 n miles from the coast.

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