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Houthis Attack Saudi Warship, Killing Two Crew Members

The armed Houthi movement in Yemen attacked a Saudi warship off the western coast of Yemen, causing an explosion that killed two crew members and injured three others, according to the Saudi state news agency SPA. In a separate incident, the Houthis said they launched a ballistic missile at a Saudi-led coalition military base on the Red Sea island of Zuqar between Yemen and Eritrea on Tuesday morning, according to the group’s official news channel al-Masira. It was no clear if there were any casualties in that attack. The two incidents show an escalation after weeks of combat on Yemen’s western coast between the Houthis, who are allied with Iran, and a coalition backing Yemen’s internationally recognized government. Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies have carried out thousands of bombing raids in Yemen since March 2015 in a campaign to try to restore the ousted government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.