Yemen rebels trying to "escalate" war with oil tanker attack

Brandon Parsons
April 5, 2018

The airstrike hit a compound housing displaced people in the town of al-Hami.

Saudi officials are saying the tanker was in worldwide waters at the time of the attack. "Whilst this is ongoing, it would be inappropriate to comment further". Guterres told reporters that in addition to the $2 billion already committed, multiple countries had promised more donations in the coming months, leaving him "optimistic that we will be able to reach the level that corresponds to the needs".

The Iran-aligned Houthi rebels acknowledged they carried out the assault in retaliation for an air strike in Yemen's Hodeidah province.

In his prepared remarks, Guterres noted how Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates - who have given military backing to Yemen's government, notably with air power and a sea blockade of rebel areas - had "generously provided" $930 million toward the humanitarian response plan even before the conference began. More could be on the way, if an additional $500 million that Saudi Arabia and the UAE have vowed to secure from neighboring countries materializes.

The Houthis, in turn, have launched rockets into Saudi territory with mixed results.

"A Saudi oil tanker was subjected to an Iranian Houthi attack off Hodeidah port", the Saudi Press Agency reported the coalition spokesperson saying. Reuters was unable to independently verify those claims.

Last week, Saudi air defences intercepted a flurry of missiles, and falling debris caused the first death in the capital Riyadh.

In April 2017, Saudi forces said they have foiled an attempt to blow up an Aramco fuel terminal in southern Saudi Arabia using a high-speed boat laden with explosives, alleging Yemen's Houthis were behind the attempt.

In a statement carried by Saudi media, the coalition said the oil tanker was in worldwide waters when it came under "Houthi-Iranian attack" at around 1330 local time (1030 GMT).

When the Houthis fired missiles at Riyadh last November, the coalition responded by shutting Yemen's airports and ports.

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