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S. Arabia calls for wide-scale retaliation for Houthis

JEDDAH, Feb 5 (KUNA) -- Saudi Arabia on Sunday called for broad retaliation for the Yemeni Houthi militias because they have turned into regional danger.
The call was made by Chief of the General Staff, General Abdurrahman bin Saleh Al-Bunyan, during ceremonial reception of the damaged Saudi frigate, "Al-Madinah," which docked at Faisal Naval Base in Jeddah.
The frigate was hit by the Houthi militiamen who launched the attack from the Yemeni port of Al-Hodaida while it was patrolling southern Red Sea, last week.
Using Al-Hodaida port, Gen. Al-Bunyan said, by the Houthi militia to launch terrorist attacks poses a direct threat to international navigation and threatens naval shipments of relief supplies to the Yemeni people.
The frigate was lightly damaged in the rear after it was rammed by a Houthis' boat and pursued patrols in the zone of operations, Gen. Al-Bunyan added.
This incident will not discourage the coalition forces from pursuing military operations that will continue till the people and government of Yemen reinstate the State and protect its resources, he said.
The coalition for restoring legitimacy in Yemen declared last Monday that the frigate was attacked by three "suicide Houthi boats" during a patrol in the south of the Red Sea. Two crew members died and three others were wounded in the attack. (end) nh.rk