Iranian warships will accompany a humanitarian aid cargo vessel bound for Yemen, as Tehran is wary that it could be intercepted by Saudi forces. It is heading to the port of Hodaida, which is held by Shia Houthi rebels.
The Shahed cargo ship departed Iran on Monday and is currently in the Gulf of Aden.
“The 34th fleet, which is currently in the Gulf of Aden, has special responsibility to protect the Iranian humanitarian aid ship,” Admiral Hossein Azad said, according to the state IRNA news agency. He was referring to a destroyer and support vessel, which are patrolling international waters off Yemen.
Tehran says the warships are necessary in case Saudi-led coalition forces try to intercept the humanitarian cargo ship. Saudi Arabia has launched a naval blockade of Yemen, which is part of its campaign against the Houthis.