Merchant Ship Off Yemen Reports 2 Explosions Nearby Amid Rise In Houthi Attacks

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A merchant vessel passing through the Gulf of Aden off Yemen reported two explosions in “close proximity”, British maritime security agency UKMTO said Tuesday.

The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations said the “vessel and all crew are safe,” adding that “authorities are investigating” the blasts south of Yemen’s southern port city of Aden.

UKMTO, which is run by Britain’s Royal Navy, did not provide details on the ship or the nature of the attack.

Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels have launched dozens of drone and missile strikes against ships in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden since November.

On Friday, they threatened to expand operations targeting Israel-bound shipping to the Mediterranean Sea.

On Monday, US military forces downed a drone launched by the Houthis over the Red Sea, the US military’s Central Command (CENTCOM) said in a statement.

The drone “presented an imminent threat to US coalition forces and merchant vessels in the region”, CENTCOM said.

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Source: NDTV