Yemen’s Houthis Claim Attack on Ship in Arabian Sea

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Yemen’s Houthis said on Tuesday they targeted a ship in the Arabian sea with several ballistic and wing missiles, reports Reuters.

About the incident

“The American ship was targeted in the Arabian Sea by naval forces and missile force in a joint operation,” Yahya Sarea, the Yemeni group’s military spokesperson, said in a televised speech. Earlier on Tuesday, a shipping giant reported one of its vessels being targeted by a flying object in the north of the Gulf of Aden.

The company told Reuters that no injuries to the crew or damage to the ship or cargo were reported. A spokesperson said the ship was one of its U.S.-flagged vessels sailing for a subsidiary. The captain of an unnamed merchant ship reported an explosion close to the vessel some 180 nautical miles (333 km) east of Yemen’s Nishtun, the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) said in an advisory note on Tuesday.

UKMTO added that the vessel and its crew are safe. Sarea also said the group targeted two additional ships in the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Aden with a number of drones. Houthi militants in Yemen have launched drone and missile attacks on shipping in the Red Sea, Bab al-Mandab Strait, and Gulf of Aden since November. They say they are acting in solidarity with Palestinians over the war in Gaza.

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Source: Reuters