Vessel off the coast of Yemen struck by rocket, UK states

Guy stand near a signboard bearing the image of a business ship with the flag of Israel as it is burning after Yemen’s Houthi-affiliated marine forces struck it, at a street on January 10, 2024 in Sana’a, Yemen.

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A U.S.-owned and ran container ship on Monday was struck by an anti-ship ballistic rocket from Houthi-controlled locations of Yemen, according to the U.S. Central Command.

The U.S. stated through social networks that the attack happened at around 4 p.m. regional time (8 a.m. ET) however the Marshall Islands-flagged vessel, referred to as the M/V Gibraltar Eagle, reported no injuries or considerable damage and advanced with its journey.

The Houthis declared duty for the attack, the Associated Press reported.

The UK Maritime Trade Operations company stated authorities were examining the occurrence, which happened southeast of Aden in Yemen. The UKMTO stated ships were “recommended to transit with care and report any suspicious activity.”

It comes quickly after the U.S. and U.K. released joint strikes versus Houthi targets in Yemen. The Iran-backed group has actually been assaulting ships passing through the Red Sea considering that late in 2015, damaging international trade and drawing worldwide condemnation.

The militants declare their attacks in the Red Sea remain in action to the continuous war in the Gaza Strip.

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British maritime security company Ambrey stated 3 rockets were apparently released by the Houthis, according to Reuters, with 2 not reaching the sea and one striking the vessel.

The U.S.-owned bulk provider was stated to have actually been transiting in the westbound lane of the International Recommended Transit Passage, a shipping path through the Gulf of Aden. The rocket apparently triggered a fire in a hold.

Ambrey was reported to have stated it evaluated the attack to have actually targeted U.S. interests in action to current military strikes on Houthi military targets in Yemen.

Recently, U.S. and U.K. forces performed airstrikes on over 60 targets at 16 Houthi militant areas, consisting of rocket launch websites, production centers and radar systems. The strikes followed the Houthis defied a cautioning to stop targeting maritime vessels in the Red Sea.

The Houthis, which oppose the U.S. and Israeli impact in the Middle East, is not worldwide acknowledged as the federal government of Yemen however it does manage big parts of the nation. This consists of the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, an essential maritime chokepoint that links the Red Sea with the Gulf of Aden.

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