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Saudi Arabia evacuates Iranian crew member from hostile ship on Yemeni coast

Devdiscourse News Desk | Dubai | Updated: 05-06-2019 13:17 IST | Created: 05-06-2019 11:03 IST
Saudi Arabia evacuates Iranian crew member from hostile ship on Yemeni coast
Maliki says the Savis was 95 nautical miles northwest of Hodeida at the time of the rescue. He said the rescue came after a request from Iran's mission to the United Nations. Image Credit: Navy Live

Saudi Arabia says it helped evacuate an Iranian crew member from a "hostile" ship off the coast of Yemen amid its war against the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels. A statement late Tuesday from a spokesman for the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen, Col. Turki al-Maliki, says they flew the injured man off the Iranian ship Savis to a military hospital in Jizan.

Maliki says the Savis was 95 nautical miles northwest of Hodeida at the time of the rescue. He said the rescue came after a request from Iran's mission to the United Nations. The Iranian mission did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Maliki did not explain why the ship was "hostile." The Saudis alleged in the past that Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard ran operations from the Savis.


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