Yemeni rebels 'attack Saudi oil tanker'

Yemeni rebels 'attack Saudi oil tanker'

"The Houthi terrorist attack is a desperate attempt to impact the security of global navigation", Falih said on his official Twitter account.

An attack on a Saudi tanker by Yemen's Houthi would not hit oil supplies, the Saudi energy minister said on Wednesday, after the Iran-allied group said it had targeted a warship in response to an air strike that killed civilians.

Coalition spokesman Col. Turki al-Malki said the attack occurred at 1:30 p.m. (10:30 GMT) in global waters west of the port of Hodeida in Yemen, which is under Houthi control.

Yemen's rebels launched an attack on a Saudi oil tanker off the country's coast Tuesday, with Riyadh saying anti-Houthi coalition forces repelled the fighters.

Col al-Malki described it as a "terrorist attack" that threatens ships entering the vital Bab al-Mandeb strait, used for oil shipments from the Gulf to Europe.

The department's text message was referring to an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition on Monday in Houthi-controlled Hodeidah that destroyed a house and killed 12 civilians from the same family, including seven children. Debris from the missiles fell on a home, killing one person.

Saudi Arabia and its allies have repeatedly been accused of hitting civilians targets including hospitals and markets in their three-year campaign against the Huthis. He says at least eight women and five girls were among those killed. Iran denies arming the rebels.

Speaking in Geneva on the sidelines of a U.N. pledging conference for Yemen, Guterres said his Special Envoy Martin Griffiths will head to the United Arab Emirates, Oman and the Yemeni government-held city of Aden in the drive for peace, Guterres told reporters.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE pledged $1 billion toward the humanitarian response plan.

"The war in Yemen is now the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with more than 22 million people - three-quarters of the population - in desperate need of aid and protection, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said".

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