Yemeni navy reveals new domestically-manufactured Mersad sea mine




Yemeni naval forces unveiled a domestically-designed and -manufactured sea mine that can target and destroy military vessels of Saudi -led coalition, backed by the US,, which intruded into Yemen’s territorial waters in the strategic Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.

The Mersad (Ambush) naval mine was introduced for the first time in a documentary entitled “Sea of Fire” and broadcast on Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah television network on Thursday evening.

The documentary revealed the the Naval Force’s introduction of a number of advanced marine missile systems, that were manufactured and developed by the Yemeni expertise and competencies and not yet announced, in addition to the system,” Bab-Al-Mandeb,” which was revealed earlier. It also revealed the ability of the Yemeni Naval Forces developed in a short time.

It further showed the scenes of an Emirati HSV-2 Swift hybrid catamaran in flames after being targeted by Yemeni forces off the coast of the Red Sea port city of Mukha in southwestern Yemen on October 1, 2016.

For the first time the scenes showed the Naval Forces and the Coastal Defense directly engaged with the remains of the UAE battleship crew for more than three hours after being targeted by undisclosed missile.

The documentary showed pictures of warships as well as three minesweepers, including a sweeping, called the “quanza,” which were destroyed and taken out of service. The pictures also show the minesweeper “Al-Qansa” sinking after the attack.
It reviewed a number of operations carried out by the naval forces and coastal defense off the coast of Yemen and in Al-Mukha port which came in response to the massacres of the coalition against the Yemeni People since March 2015.

On Wednesday, Yemeni naval forces, backed by fighters from Popular Committees, reportedly targeted a Saudi military vessel in a missile attack off the coast of the country’s northwestern province of Hajjah.

A military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told YemenExtra that the gunboat was targeted with a guided missile in waters near the port city of Midi.

In March 2015, the US -backed –Saudi-led coalition started  a war against Yemen with the declared aim of crushing the Houthi Ansarullah movement, who had taken over from the staunch Riyadh ally and fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, while also seeking to secure the Saudi border with its southern neighbor. Three years and over 600,000 dead and injured Yemeni people and  prevented the patients from travelling abroad for treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country, the war has yielded little to that effect.

Despite the coalition claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.

More than 2,200 others have died of cholera, and the crisis has triggered what the United Nations has described as the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.

However, Saudi Arabia relies heavily on the US in its war on Yemen. Washington has deployed a commando force on the Arab kingdom’s border with Yemen to help destroy arms belonging to Yemen’s popular Houthi Ansarullah movement. Washington has also provided logistical support and aerial refueling.

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