Saudi oil tanker hit in Houthi attack off Yemen
The EU naval force has revealed a Saudi Arabian tanker attacked by Yemen’s Houthi militia on Tuesday was a Bahri VLCC.The 303,000-dwt Abqaiq (built 2002) was en route from Ras Tanura in Saudi Arabia to Ain Sukhna in Egypt when it was targeted.
The Saudi Arabia-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen has said the group attacked a Saudi-flagged oil tanker in the Red Sea, while the insurgents claim they struck one of the country’s warships. The attack came on April 3, 2018, but resulted in only superficial damage to the ship in question. At some point, a coalition warship intervened and accompanied the ship as it continued North in the Red Sea.
The incident does come after the Iranian-backed movement said it could decide to strike at commercial shipping and otherwise look to hamper maritime movement through the region if the Saudis and their allies did not withdraw from the area around the last rebel-held port city of Al Hudaydah.