By Courtney Trenwith
Saudi defence spokesman says all Yemeni ports have been blocked to prevent more weapons, militias from entering the country
Saudi naval forces have blocked all Yemeni ports in a bid to prevent additional weapons reaching Houthi fighters, a senior defence ministry spokesman has told media.
“As of today, all the prescribed naval units have been mobilized to enforce the sea blockade plan by preventing entry or exit from Yemeni ports. The forces are blocking the movement of ships to prevent weapons and fighters from entering or leaving Yemen,” Brigadier Geneneral Ahmad Al Asiri said.
“The locations and movements of Houthi militias are still under close monitoring of the allied forces. The forces are closely following up any redeployment of missiles in order to destroy them.”
The ports had as recently as Sunday been used as an escape route for non-Yemenis still in the country.
On Monday, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Yemen and other diplomatic staff were evacuated by air.
Saudi Arabia is leading air strikes against the Houthis, who has captured the capital Sana’a and significant areas in the north and centre of the country.
The kingdom said on Monday it had not yet decided whether it will send in ground troops.