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The US Fifth Fleet intercepts a maxi shipment of explosives headed to Yemen. A dhow that sailed from Iran was carrying 70 tons of ammonium perchlorate and over 100 tons of a urea fertilizer. Who were they supposed to reach? The Houthis or others?
The military of the US Fifth Fleet have intercepted a boat loaded with explosive material in the waters of the Gulf of Oman, sailing from Iran and headed to Yemen. CENTCOM made it known in a Tweet. The dhow was carrying 70 tonnes of ammonium perchlorate – a powerful oxidizer commonly used to make rocket and missile fuel, as well as explosives – and over 100 tonnes of a urea-based fertilizer, a chemical compound used in explosives. The ship was searched and sunk, while the four crewmen were handed over to the Yemeni authorities. It is not clear whether the explosive material should be delivered to the Houthis or if, as has already happened several times in the past, its final destination was another. What is certain, however, is that it was on one of the most used smuggling routes in the quadrant.
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