US Fifth Fleet chief: A remote-control boat attacked a Saudi frigate on Jan. 30

The boat that attacked a Saudi frigate in the Red Sea on Jan. 30 was not manned by Yemeni Houthi suicides; it was an unmanned, remote-controlled craft filled with explosives, Vice Adm. Kevin Donegan, head of the US Fifth Fleet based in Bahrain, said Monday.

The attack on the frigate Al Madinah appears to be the first confirmed use of the weapon which, Donegan said, represents a wider threat than that posed by suicide boats and shows foreign interests are aiding the Houthis.

DEBKAfile’s military sources: Iran, which is backing the Houthi insurgency in Yemen, gave those floating bombs to the Yemeni rebels, as well as to the Lebanese Hizballah for use against Israel.

Full article: US Fifth Fleet chief: A remote-control boat attacked a Saudi frigate on Jan. 30 (DEBKAfile)

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