Saudi Arabia has joined an international maritime mission to protect commercial shipping in the Strait of Hormuz and other areas, Saudi state media reported on Wednesday, citing an official source in the defense ministry.
The US-led coalition, which includes Australia, Bahrain, and the UK, aims to protect commercial ships and provide safe navigation.
The operation area for the International Maritime Security Construct covers the Strait of Hormuz, Bab al-Mandab, the Sea of Oman, and the Arabian Gulf.
According to the reports, The Kingdom joined the coalition in support of regional and international efforts to deter and counter threats to maritime navigation and global trade, and to ensure global energy security in addition to the continued flow of energy supplies to the global economy.
In August, Israeli media reported that Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that Israel is providing intelligence and other unspecified assistance for the coalition.
[Sources: Arab News, Reuters]