Yemeni army and popular committees attacked a Saudi vessel in the Red Sea west of Hodeida on Monday.
Yemeni al-Massirah channel quoted military sources as saying that Yemeni forces fired a guided missile at al-Madinah warship in waters near the port city Hodeida, 150 km southwest of the capital Sanaa.
The source added that the vessel had 176 soldiers and officers in addition to a combat helicopter onboard at the time.
The warship had reportedly mounted missile attacks against Yemen’s western coasts, cities and fishermen.
The Saudi-led coalition launching a brutal aggression on the Arab impoverished country since March 2015, confirmed the incident but downplayed the losses, saying two Saudis were killed and three others were wounded.
Three Yemeni boats attacked Saudi frigate on Monday, the coalition said, adding that he Saudi warship “dealt with the boats,” one of them “collided with the back of the ship and exploded and caused a fire which the crew brought under control.”
As a result of the incident two Saudi crewmen lost their lives and three were wounded, the coalition said, claiming that the frigate was able to resume its patrol.
On January 21, the Yemeni Coast Guard warned enemies’ battleships against using the strategic Bab el-Mandeb Strait, which connects the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden, to bomb civilian targets, emphasizing that such a practice poses grave threats to international maritime navigation in the area.
In October 2016, Yemeni forces and Popular Committees fighters destroyed an Emirati HSV-2 Swift hybrid catamaran off the shores of the Red Sea port city of Mukha, situated 346 kilometers south of the capital.
Yemeni army forces had destroyed a Saudi warship in a missile attack in the southwestern coast of Yemen, in the Bab el-Mandeb in October 2015.