Houthi attempt to attack fishing vessels in the Red Sea thwarted

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LONDON: The Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi militias in Yemen said Saturday that a Houthi attempt to attack fishing vessels in the Red Sea has been thwarted.

Boats belonging to Houthi militia were captured with rocket-propelled grenades and missiles on board, the coalition said.

The coalition added that six ships are currently unloading their cargo in the port of Hodeidah and eight others are waiting to enter it.

A ship is currently docked in Salif Port and another is waiting to enter it, the coaliton reported.

On Friday, the Saudi-led military coalition fighting the Houthis in Yemen said it would welcome a political deal to end the conflict but indicated it would keep insisting on a complete withdrawal by the Houthis from territory seized since 2014.

The statement from the alliance came after UN Yemen envoy Martin Griffiths said he hoped to get the warring parties to the negotiating table in the next few weeks to end fighting at the port city of Hodeidah, a lifeline for Yemen. The United Nations hopes a breakthrough at Hodeidah could lead to a wider solution to the three-year-old conflict.

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