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The coalition: Hodeidah and Saleef are the main threat centers to maritime security

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Today, Wednesday, the Coalition for Legitimacy Support in Yemen announced that it had monitored and documented “the process of preparing for hostile action using a booby trap from the Yemeni port of Saleef”.

The coalition added that “the planning and execution of the piracy of the” Rawabi “shipping vessel started from the port of Hodeidah”.

The coalition found that “the port of Hodeidah is an important center for receiving and assembling Iranian ballistic missiles”. He also stressed that “Hodeidah and Saleef are the main centers of hostility and the threat to maritime security”.

Members of the Houthi militia in the port of Salif (archive)

This comes after a spokesman for coalition forces in support of legitimacy in Yemen asked the Houthi militia on Tuesday to release the UAE-flagged merchant ship “Rawabi” that the group hijacked off the Yemeni coast.

The Saudi news agency quoted the spokesman, Brigadier General Turki Al-Maliki, asking the Houthis to free the Rawabi ship from the port of Salif with all its humanitarian and non-combat cargo.

He added that if the Houthis did not comply with this, “the ports of launch and refuge for piracy, kidnapping, armed robbery and elements of maritime piracy that occurred would make them legitimate military targets. in compliance with the provisions and provisions of international humanitarian law. and related laws of the sea. “

Al-Maliki considered the Houthi abduction of the ship “Rawabi” on Sunday to be a “criminal act” planned by the militia, adding: “The implementation of the piracy and kidnapping operation was launched from the port of Hodeidah to intercept the ship. cargo in the international maritime route, which constitutes a flagrant violation of the principles of international humanitarian law and related laws of the sea. “relevance”.

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