2 Saudis killed in Yemen rebel sea strike: coalition

 31 Jan 2017 - 8:50

AFP

Riyadh: Two Saudi sailors were killed during a Yemeni rebel boat attack in the Red Sea, the Saudi-led coalition said Monday, reporting a rare naval engagement in its nearly two-year war.

The coalition said three Huthi rebel boats attacked a Saudi frigate on patrol west of Hodeida, a Yemeni coastal city held by the insurgents.

It did not say when the incident occurred.

Although the Saudi warship "dealt with the boats," one of them "collided with the back of the ship and exploded and caused a fire" which the crew brought under control.

As a result of the incident two Saudi crewmen lost their lives and three were wounded, the coalition said, adding the frigate was able to resume its patrol.