The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said that a marine mine laid by Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthis hit a commercial cargo ship in the southern Red Sea, Saudi state TV reported according to Reuters.
It is clarified that the explosion caused minor damage to the ship. There were no human losses.
Earlier Saudi Arabia said its air defenses intercepted two ballistic missiles in an attack that Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group on Sunday said they had launched towards the capital Riyadh and southern areas near the Yemeni border.
The attacks come days after Yemen’s warring parties had welcomed a U.N. call for an immediate truce on Thursday to fight the coronavirus outbreak.
“Two civilians were slightly injured due to the falling of the intercepted missile’s debris as it exploded in mid-air over residential districts,” in Riyadh, the Saudi state news agency (SPA) reported, citing a Saudi civil defense spokesman, Lt. Colonel Mohammed al-Hammadi.