UKMTO: Houthis Target Cargo Ship Near Aden, Missile Falls Into Water

Yemeni Houthi rebels this month have escalated their attacks on maritime vessels in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, threatening international shipping routes and supply chains

by Sededin Dedovic
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UKMTO: Houthis Target Cargo Ship Near Aden, Missile Falls Into Water
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Yemeni Houthi rebels targeted a cargo ship with a missile about 96 kilometers (approximately 59.65 miles) south of the Yemeni port of Aden, but the projectile fell into the water near the vessel, the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) agency announced today.

UKMTO stated that the attack was reported by the captain of the cargo ship and that there were no injuries among the crew, Reuters reported. It was emphasized that the ship continued its voyage to the next port. Since November, the Houthis have been attacking ships in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, jeopardizing international cargo maritime traffic and supply chains.

The Houthis claim they are carrying out these attacks in solidarity with the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. The UK Maritime Trade Operations Agency said that a cargo ship sailing under the Liberian flag and owned by Greece sank a week after it was attacked by Houthi maritime drones.

Sunk Greek Cargo Ship

The cargo ship sailing under the Liberian flag and owned by Greece sank in the Red Sea several days after an attack by Yemeni Houthi rebels, in which one sailor on board was killed, the UK Maritime Trade Operations Agency (UKMTO) announced last week.

UKMTO stated that parts of the sunken ship and spilled oil were found at the last reported location of the ship “Tutor,” according to AP. The Houthis attacked this ship about a week ago with maritime drones in the Red Sea.

The White House National Security spokesman John Kirby said that a Filipino crew member was killed in the attack.

USA: We Destroyed Eight Houthi Drones

The U.S. military announced after the sinking of the Greek ship that it destroyed eight drones launched by the Houthis in Yemen and one above the Gulf of Aden, Reuters reported.

Since November last year, the Houthis have carried out more than 50 attacks on ships in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, killing four sailors. They have seized one ship and sunk two since November, according to the U.S. Maritime Administration data.

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