RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Yemen’s Houthi rebels attacked a Saudi oil tanker in the Red Sea on Tuesday, causing “minor damage” to the ship, the Saudi-led coalition battling the rebels said.
Coalition spokesman Col. Turki al-Malki said the attack occurred at 1:30 p.m. (10:30 GMT) in international waters west of the port of Hodeida in Yemen, which is under Houthi control.
The coalition said a naval ship belonging to a member country rapidly intervened, without giving further details.
The statement did not immediately provide details on the type of weapon used or the extent of the damage.
Al-Malki said a coalition naval ship accompanied the oil tanker until it completed its navigation north. Pictures carried by state-run Saudi al-Ekhbariya TV showed a hole ripped through the side of the ship but no oil leaking out.
The coalition spokesman described it as a “terrorist attack” that threatens commercial shipping routes in the vital Bab al-Mandeb strait, used for oil shipments from the Gulf to Europe, as well as goods from Asia to Europe.
Tuesday’s attack came one day after an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition killed at least 14 people near Hodeida.