Above, the logo of Ansar Allah commonly known as Houthis. Image taken from their official Twitter account, which includes the Quranic verse, ”O ye who believe! Be ye helpers of Allah (ansar allah).” The flag says, “God is Great, Death to America, Death to Israel, Curse the Jews, Victory to Islam.”
Below are 2 reports about the Houthi attack.
1. The Iranian-backed (Houthi) suicide attack targeting a Saudi frigate off the coast of Yemen on Monday may have been meant for an American warship, two defense officials said. Friends, I would bet $5.00 the Houthis saw the Saudi Arabian flag on the ship. At first glance this seems like more "fake" news tp manipulate or distract the American public.
The incident in question occurred in the southern Red Sea and was carried out by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels. Two Saudi sailors were killed and three were wounded. At first the ship was thought to have been struck by a missile.
But based on new analysis of a video showing the attack, American intelligence officials now believe this was, in fact, a suicide bomber whose small boat rammed the side of the Saudi vessel.
In the audio heard on the video, a voice narrating the attack shouts in Arabic, "Allahu akbar [God is great], death to America, death to Israel, a curse on the Jews and victory for Islam."
U.S. defense analysts believe those behind the attack either thought the bomber was striking an American warship or that this was a “dress rehearsal” similar to the attack on the USS Cole, according to one official.
The attack, near the Bab al Mandab Strait connecting the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden, occurred in the same area where U.S. Navy warships came under missile attack in October.
An American destroyer shot down those incoming missiles -- the first successful engagement in combat using an American SM-2 missile.
USS Nitze, an American destroyer, retaliated soon after, launching Tomahawk missiles on October 13 at multiple Houthi radar sites in Yemen.
This latest incident came a day after President Trump spoke by phone with the Saudi King to discuss setting up safe zones for refugees in Syria and Yemen. Senior U.S. defense officials who spoke with Fox News say they're concerned by this latest incident, but are confident American warships can defend themselves.
The United States has supported a Saudi-led air campaign against the Houthi rebels in Yemen since 2015.
2. The Houthi movement, flag above, attacked a Saudi warship off the western coast of Yemen on Monday, causing an explosion that killed two crew members and injured three others.
The Houthis also said they launched a ballistic missile at a Saudi-led coalition military base on the Red Sea island of Zuqar between Yemen and Eritrea on Tuesday morning.
There was no immediate coalition reaction to that claim and it was unclear if there were any casualties. The attacks signal an escalation to weeks of combat on Yemen’s western coast between the Iran-allied Houthis and the coalition backing Yemen’s internationally recognized government.
“A Saudi frigate on patrol west of Hodeidah port came under attack from three suicide boats belonging to the Houthi militias,” the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen. One of the boats collided with the rear of the vessel, causing an explosion and a fire that killed two crew members and wounded three others.
The Houthi movement’s al-Masira channel contradicted this account and quoted a military source saying the explosion was caused by a guided missile.
It was at least the second attack by the Houthis on ships off the coast of Yemen in the last six months.
The group is engaged in battles on the mainland with coalition troops and pro-government fighters, who are trying to advance northward to deprive the Houthis of Red Sea ports.
The Saudi-led coalition warned the attack on the ship “would impact international navigation and the flow of humanitarian assistance to the port for Yemeni citizens.”
Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies have carried out thousands of bombing raids in Yemen since March 2015 in a campaign to try to restore the ousted administration government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.