Ship targeted by missile fire in the Red Sea

Ship targeted by missile fire in the Red Sea

Missile fire apparently targeted a ship off Yemen in the Red Sea on Friday.

It is the latest attack suspected to have been carried out by Yemen’s Houthi rebels amid Israel’s war on Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

The vessel’s captain reported an explosion near the ship in the Red Sea off the Yemeni city of Mocha, the British military’s United Kingdom Maritime Trade Organisation (UKMTO) centre said.

“The crew and the vessel are reported safe,” the UKMTO said.

It did not immediately identify the vessel targeted.

Yemen’s Houthi rebels did not immediately acknowledge carrying out the attack. However, the rebels typically take several hours before claiming their assaults.

Since November, the rebels have repeatedly targeted ships in the Red Sea over Israel’s offensive in Gaza.

They have frequently targeted vessels with tenuous or no clear links to Israel, imperilling shipping in a key route for trade among Asia, the Mideast and Europe.

The US and British militaries have conducted multiple rounds of airstrikes targeting the Houthis’ missile arsenals and launch sites in territory they hold.

Meanwhile, the US military’s Central Command acknowledged carrying out new airstrikes targeting the Houthis on Thursday.

It described hitting three mobile anti-ship cruise missiles in Houthi-controlled territory that “were prepared to launch against ships in the Red Sea”.

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