Loss Prevention Bulletin - 4 April 2018
Date of incident: 03/04/2018
Houthi rebels hit a Saudi oil tanker in international waters off the western port city of Hodeidah, the Saudi-led coalition said. It was not immediately clear what weapon was used in the attack. The coalition said it conducted a "swift intervention" to foil the attack, and that the vessel was able to continue its course despite being lightly hit. An EU naval force operating in the area confirmed that the crew were unharmed, without providing further details. The Houthis stated that they had struck a coalition warship in response to an airstrike that killed 12 civilians on 3 April. The Saudi energy minister said that the attack would not impact oil supplies, with Saudi sources confirming that oil operations were proceeding normally, Reuters reported. The incident comes amid heightened tensions after the Houthis launched a string of missile attacks on Saudi Arabia in recent days.
- Michael Greenwood