Coalition seizes Iranian boat with arms for Houthis

JEDDAH: The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Iranian-backed Houthi militants in Yemen has said that it had foiled an attempt by Tehran to smuggle a huge cache of weapons into Yemen on a boat.

The weapons and equipment seized from the vessel include 18 anti-armored Concourse shells, 54 anti-tank BGM17 shells, 15 shell battery kits, four firing guidance systems, five binocular batteries, three launchers and one launchers’ holder.

The boat was reportedly manned by 14 Iranians and carried several documents indicating that it was owned by an Iranian national. The vessel was seized some 150 miles off the coast of Salalah in southern Oman on Saturday.

Brig. Gen. Ahmad Al-Assiri, consultant in the office of the Defense Ministry, said this showed the desperate attempts of the Iranians to bolster the Houthi rebels because they were losing the war.

In a television interview broadcast on a local channel an hour after the allied forces announced the seizure of the boat, Al-Asiri said that coalition teams had tracked the boat for a while before seizing it.

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