The UAE warship was hit on Wednesday shortly after Saudi-led troops began a major operation to bring Hodeidah under their control, Abdulsalam Jaber, the spokesman of the national salvation government, said.
He added that Saudi-led helicopters rushed to save the forces aboard the vessel, which is now burning near Yemen’s coastline.
A second battleship left the site following the incident, it added, according to al-Masdar News.
According to The Wall Street Journal, there are signs that the US military is deepening its role in the assault on Hodeidah, in spite of UN warnings of massive human casualties. Washington, the paper says, is providing its Persian Gulf allies with intelligence on airstrike targets in the port.
UN Humanitarian Coordinator Lise Grande announced recently that “as many as 250,000 people may lose everything -even their lives,” if there is a military attack on Hodeidah.