According to Al Arabiya, a Saudi oil tanker was subjected to a Houthi-Iranian attack on 3 April 2018. One of the Saudi oil tankers was attacked in international waters west of Hudaydah port, currently controlled Houthi armed militias supported by Iran.

The planned attacked was foiled after one coalition naval ship which carried out an intervention. The attack resulted in some minor damage to the tanker which completed its navigational course north accompanied by the coalition naval ship.

Col. Turki al-Maliki of an Arab coalition fighting in Yemen said that the attack presented a serious threat to the freedom of maritime navigation and international trade in the Strait of Bab-el-Mandeb and the Red Sea. He added that the leadership of the Joint Alliance forces continue to take and implement the necessary measures and all means to preserve security and stability. As well as to keep free shipping and international trade in Bab-el-Mandeb strait and the Red Sea.

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