Houthi Naval Force Receives Training in Al-Luhiya off the Red Sea

Sheba Intelligence | 2023-09-30 02:16 PM UTC


The specialized naval forces of the Ansar Allah (Houthi) group received intensive training, which began two days ago, in Al-Luhiya area, located on the Red Sea coast between the ports of Medi in the north and Hodeida in the south, informed security sources told Sheba Intelligence on Saturday. The training is ongoing.


The sources indicated that the training focused on the mechanism of ship piracy, the use of sea mines, kidnappings, and weapons smuggling.


The sources revealed that foreign experts trained the select Houthi naval force. The task of the trained team will be to install explosives on shipping routes when requested. 


African fishermen also attended the training and will be responsible for logistical support to the Houthi group, especially in transferring weapons from large ships in the middle of the sea to small vessels and storing them on islands or nearby coasts.


Last week, the security sources monitored the Houthis transfer of naval missiles to warehouses near the ports of Midi and Hodeida, specifically the Al-Khasham and Al-Qanawis areas.


The sources' information also said the Houthi preparations near the Yemeni-Saudi border, with the presence of specialists in operating reconnaissance and attack drones as well as artillery, suggest possible Houthi attacks in those areas.


Last week, a Houthi drone hit a location on the southern Saudi border, killing four Bahraini soldiers. Yemeni observers say this escalation has further ruined the regional and international trust in the Houthi group.