Military Capabilities

Yemeni rebels seize ships in Red Sea

19 November 2019

The Yemeni rebel group Ansar Allah (Houthis) announced on 18 November that its coast guard forces had seized three vessels in the Red Sea, the first time it has done this.

It identified one as a Saudi ship called Rabigh 3 , which it said had entered Yemeni territorial waters close to the island of Uqban without prior notice. The ship did not respond to radio communications and was taken to the port of Al-Salif.

The Saudi-led coalition's Joint Forces Command released a statement via the Saudi Press Agency confirming three vessels had been seized, including the tug Rabigh 3 , which was towing a South Korean dredging barge.

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