Merchant ship damaged by drone attack in Red Sea: UK agency

AFP , Sunday 23 Jun 2024

A merchant ship was damaged by a drone attack in the Red Sea near Yemen early Sunday morning, though no injuries were reported, according to a British maritime security agency.

File photo-The MV Tutor ship sinks in the Red Sea after it was struck by a Houthi drone vessel, on Wednesday, June 12, 2024. AP


Vessels in and around the Red Sea have come under repeated attack for months by Houthis in Yemen who are acting in support of Palestinians facing the brutal Israeli war on the Gaza Strip.

The attack occurred about 65 nautical miles (120 kilometers) west of the Yemeni port city of Hodeida, said the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations, which is run by the British navy.

"The Master of a merchant vessel reports being hit by an uncrewed aerial system (UAS), resulting in damage to the vessel. All crew members are reported safe, and the vessel is proceeding to its next port of call," said a bulletin from the agency.

"Authorities are investigating," it added, offering no attribution for the attack.

On Saturday, the US Central Command, which has carried out strikes against the Houthis over their attacks on shipping, said it had destroyed three nautical drones belonging to the group over the past 24 hours.

It also said the group had launched three anti-ship missiles into the Gulf of Aden, but no injuries or significant damage were reported.


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