YEMEN’S HOUTHIS CLAIMS ATTACK ON SAUDI WARSHIP OFF WESTERN COAST

SANAA, Yemen- Yemen's Houthi rebels said, they attacked a Saudi warship, off the Yemeni western coast, on Wednesday. "The naval forces today targeted the Saudi Dammam warship," read the statement.

However, Saudi's Al Arabiya reported that, the Yemeni rebels attacked a Saudi oil tanker, causing slight damage. A top Houthi official, at the group's political bureau, said that, "the Saudi ship was in a war zone."

On July 10, the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, met the internationally-recognised President, Abdu-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, in his office in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden, to push for resuming stalled peace efforts with his government's foe, the Houthi rebels. Griffiths' visit came, a week after his meeting with Houthi leader, AbdulMalik Houthi in Sanaa, which he described as "fruitful."

Humanitarian agencies have warned that, any military attack on the port could lead to the world's biggest humanitarian catastrophe in modern history. Hodeidah is the single most important point of entry for food and basic supplies, to Yemen's northern provinces, controlled by the Houthis, including the capital, Sanaa.

The rebels stormed the capital Sanaa, Hodeidah and other northern populated cities in late 2014, and forced Hadi and his government into exile in Riyadh.

The coalition intervened in Yemen's conflict in Mar, 2015, to roll back the Houthi rebels and reinstate exiled government of Hadi.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK