The US Navy announces the interception of a boat carrying "explosive materials" coming from Iran to Yemen

15 November, 2022
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The US Navy announces the interception of a boat carrying "explosive materials" coming from Iran to Yemen

The US Central Command announced that the US Navy intercepted a huge Iranian shipment of explosive materials on board a fishing boat heading from Iran to Yemen, last week.

It explained that the fishing boat was carrying more than 180 tons of urea fertilizer and ammonium chlorine, and it was spotted in the waters of the Gulf of Oman on November 8.


Over the next five days, EOD technicians from Task Force 56 of the US Naval Forces Central Command and a crew from the USS Hurricane inspected the boat and determined the quality of materials that were found to be used in the manufacture of explosives, noting that after unloading the boat of the materials The US military deemed the boat a danger to the navigation of merchant ships and sank it in the Gulf of Oman on Sunday.


Meanwhile, the USS Sullivan transported the four-person Yemeni crew to the Yemeni Coast Guard in the Gulf of Aden until they are handed over to the Yemeni civil authorities.


"Alongside our partner forces, US Central Command is committed to the security and stability of the region and to deterring the illegal and destabilizing flow of deadly materials into the region by land, air, and sea," said General Michael Eric Corella, chief of US operations in the Middle East.


Admiral Brad Cooper, commander of the US Naval Forces Central Command, Fifth Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces, noted that "the amount of explosive material seized is sufficient to refuel more than ten medium-range ballistic missiles."


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