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Armed Forces spox: Seized UAE ship contained large amount of arms used against Yemenis

Military equipment is seen on a ship seized by the Yemeni army in a frame grab from video handed out by Yemen's media center on January 3, 2022. (Photo by Reuters)

The spokesman for the Yemeni Armed Forces says a United Arab Emirates-flagged cargo vessel which was seized by the country’s naval troops has been carrying military equipment, including armored vehicles and weapons, which were used against the Yemeni people.   

Speaking at a press conference  broadcast on Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah television network on Monday, Brigadier General Yahya Saree showed photos and videos that he said were of the seized ship loaded with various munitions, adding that the vessel has been taken to the port of Salif, north of Hudaydah.

Earlier in the day, Saree announced the seizure of the UAE-flagged vessel in a post published on his Twitter page, saying the  ship was captured while it was engaged in "hostile acts" against the security and stability of the Yemeni people in the country's  territorial waters.

The senior Yemeni military official further warned that the country's armed forces would not hesitate to carry out more large-scale operations against Saudi-led coalition forces if Riyadh continues with its hostile acts against the Yemeni people.

"We warn that our military has the necessary strength and will to counter any hostile action," he said, stressing that the Saudi aggression against Yemen and its people will not last long and the Saudi-led collation forces will sooner or later suffer defeat.

Saree also threatened to carry out a military strike against the vessel, which its crew "of different nationalities" are still on board, if Saudi Arabia acts in a "foolish" way.

In September 2018, Yemeni naval forces, backed by fighters from Popular Committees, targeted a military vessel in a missile attack off the coast of the kingdom’s southwestern border region of Jizan, in response to the Riyadh regime’s atrocious military campaign against their war-ravaged homeland.

On July 25 that year, Yemeni naval forces and their allies targeted and destroyed a Saudi military vessel in a missile attack off the coast of Hudaydah.

Back on August 12, 2017, Yemeni forces targeted a Saudi frigate with a guided missile in waters near the port city of Mukha, situated 346 kilometers south of the capital Sana'a.

A few days later, 12 Emirati troopers lost their lives and 23 others sustained injuries when their frigate was targeted with a guided missile off the coast of Mukha.

Saudi Arabia, backed by the United States and regional allies, launched the war on Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi back to power and crushing the Ansarullah movement.

Ansarullah has been running state affairs in the absence of an effective government in Yemen.

The brutal aggression, which is accompanied by a tight siege, has failed to reach its goals, but it has killed hundreds of thousands of Yemeni people. It has also destroyed Yemen’s infrastructure and spread famine and infectious diseases there.

The United Nations refers to the situation in Yemen as the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

Despite heavily-armed Saudi Arabia’s incessant bombardment of the impoverished country, the Yemeni armed forces and the Popular Committees have grown steadily in strength against the Saudi-led invaders and left Riyadh and its allies bogged down in the country.


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