SANAA, Yemen- Yemen's Shiite Houthi rebels, said, they targeted a Saudi warship, off the Saudi Red Sea port city of Jizan, on Saturday. "The attack came, in revenge for coalition attacks that targeted Yemeni fishermen, in the Yemeni coasts and islands," the Houthis said, in a statement.

The Houthi statement gave no further details. The Saudi-led coalition has not commented on the Houthi attack.

On Thursday, the pro-government almasdaronline news website reported that, "an air strike hit a fishing boat, off the Yemeni island of Uqban, killing five fishermen and injuring two."

Saudi Arabia has warned of the ongoing threats of the Houthi militias, on the freedom of navigation and global trade in the Red Sea, which could cause an environmental disaster, if allowed to continue.

The Saudi government has been accusing Iran of supporting the Houthi rebels, through the supply of weapons and missiles. Both Houthis and Iran denied the accusations.

The militias frequently respond to air strikes by the coalition, with missile attacks against Saudi Arabia, mainly its border cities. Most of them are intercepted by the Saudi air forces.

Saudi Arabia is leading an Arab military coalition that intervened in the Yemeni war in 2015, to support the Yemeni elected government of exiled President, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.


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