UAE ‘strongly condemns’ Houthi attempts at targeting oil tankers in Red Sea

The foreign ministry said it urged the international community to take an “immediate and decisive stance” to halt the Houthi rebels’ attempts

A Saudi border guard watches as he stands in a boat off the coast of the Red Sea on Saudi Arabia's maritime border with Yemen, near Jazan April 8, 2015. Reuters

The UAE has strongly condemned the recent Houthi attempts to target oil tankers in the Red Sea that were foiled by the Saudi-led coalition.

The Saudi-led military coalition fighting in Yemen destroyed two explosive-laden boats on Wednesday which the Iran-backed Houthi rebels planned to use in attacks on oil tankers in the Red Sea.

The UAE confirmed in a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation that the “continuation of these terrorist attacks by the Houthi militia reflects its blatant challenge to society, international efforts to end the Yemeni crisis and its disregard for all international laws and norms”.

The foreign ministry said it urged the international community to take an “immediate and decisive stance” to halt the Houthi rebels’ attempts at targeting energy supplies and maritime security.

The ministry also urged the world to support the measures the coalition led by Saudi Arabia to “deter these repeated attacks and threats”.

The coalition also released aerial drone footage showing the Houthis targeting the two boats in the Red Sea.

Saudi Arabia said on Monday it will not bear any responsibility for global supply shortages after recent attacks by the Houthis.

Updated: March 24, 2022, 4:53 PM
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