ABU DHABI, 14th February, 2016 (WAM) — The Arab Coalition has intercepted a cargo ship coming from Djibouti to Hodeidah port in Yemen carrying military equipment under the guise of carrying medical supplies.
Arab Coalition sources told Sky News Arabia on Sunday that following a search of the ‘Menburt Cedar’ ship, which was bearing the flag of the Marshall Islands, showed that it was carrying encrypted military communication equipment and other military hardware in containers originating from the port of Bandar Abbas in southern Iran.
Sources added that, following its departure from the Iranian port, the ship had temporarily docked in Djibouti, before it continued its journey toward the Yemeni coast , where it was intercepted by the Saudi-led Coalition forces.
The sources went on to say that the ship was intercepted en route to the port of Hodeidah, and taken to the port of Jizan in Saudi Arabia, where it was inspected in the presence of international observers who documented the whole process.
The Coalition forces fighting for the legitimate authorities in Yemen in the past have seized a number of boats and ships as they attempted to smuggle weapons to pro-Iranian Houthi militias and the ousted president, Ali Abdullah Saleh.