US sinks boat carrying 'explosive materials' from Iran to Yemen


The U.S. navy said Tuesday it had scuttled a boat transporting "explosive materials" from Iran to supply Huthi rebels in Yemen, with enough power to fuel a dozen ballistic rockets.

The boat, which the U.S. navy seized on November 8 in the Gulf of Oman was sunk on Sunday, the Bahrain-based United States Fifth Fleet said.

"The vessel and its four Yemeni crew members were intercepted while transiting from Iran along a route historically used to traffic weapons to the Huthis in Yemen," the U.S. navy statement read.

U.S. forces discovered more than 100 tonnes of urea fertilizer and over 70 tonnes of ammonium perchlorate, a key ingredient "commonly used to make rocket and missile fuel as well as explosives", it said.

"This was a massive amount of explosive material, enough to fuel more than a dozen medium-range ballistic missiles depending on the size," Vice Admiral Brad Cooper said in a statement.

"The unlawful transfer of lethal aid from Iran does not go unnoticed," he added.

The four Yemeni sailors were handed over to the Yemeni coastguard.

War in Yemen erupted in 2014 when the Iran-backed Huthis seized the capital Sanaa, prompting a Saudi-led coalition to intervene the following year to prop up the internationally recognised government.

Since then, a grinding war has killed hundreds of thousands and pushed the impoverished nation to the brink of famine.

A U.N.-brokered ceasefire that took effect in April brought a sharp reduction in hostilities, but that truce expired on October 2. Fighting continues.

Comments 5
Missing phillipo 15 November 2022, 12:04

Keep up the good work.

Missing cedars 15 November 2022, 13:50

Were those fertilizer coming from Russia to Iran and then to Yemen same as the Beirut port blast?

Thumb 15 November 2022, 16:03

Not the same chemical compound. The Beirut port was storing ammonium nitrate , this is ammonium perchlorate.

Thumb 15 November 2022, 16:02

The only reason Iran is such a messed up place is because of US and British interference. When the legitimate government decided to nationalize its petroleum in 1952, they toppled to]he Iranian democracy and put the Shah puppet regime which angered people because he was disliked which in turn created the conditions for the evil mullah’s regime and ayatollah khomeyni to rule. To this day they keep doing this , the latest example being this Zelensky scam guy selected and sponsored by Washington . They tried the same with Navalny in Russia but failed miserably. We must not rejoice when the US sinks a ship of people we disagree with , whether it’s Iran or anybody else because they’re the trouble makers in the first place.

Missing gabriel01 16 November 2022, 08:33

Iranian mullahs. Better known as the head of the snake.