Missile attack misses ship off Yemen coast: UK agency

AFP , Saturday 6 Apr 2024

A missile attack missed a vessel southwest of Yemen's port city of Hodeidah, British maritime security agency UKMTO said Saturday, noting that both the vessel and its crew were safe.

A Houthi supporter holds a poster of Yahya Sinwar
A Houthi supporter holds a poster of Yahya Sinwar, head of the Palestinian Islamic movement Hamas, during a protest marking Jerusalem Day in support of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, April 05, 2024. AP


The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations reported two missiles in the vicinity of the vessel.

"The first was intercepted" by US-led coalition forces," it said.

"The second impacted the water a distance from the vessel," it added, noting that "the vessel reports no damage and the crew is reported safe".

Maritime security firm Ambrey also said "a vessel was targeted...southwest of Hodeidah," but did not provide additional details.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the reported attack, which coincides with a campaign by Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebels against what it says are ships linked to Israel, the United States, and Britain.

The rebels have launched dozens of missile and drone strikes on shipping in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden since November, actions they say are in solidarity with Palestinians during the Israeli war on Gaza.

The United States, which leads an international coalition intended to protect Red Sea shipping, has since mid-January launched repeated strikes on Houthi targets in Yemen. Britain has also participated in several of the strikes.

In a televised speech on Thursday, Houthi chief Abdul Malik al-Houthi said 37 people have been killed in more than 400 strikes by the US and Britain on Yemen since January.

"During these operations and attacks, 37 martyrs died and 30 others were wounded," he said, without specifying if the casualties were civilians or combatants.

The rebel leader vowed to continue the attacks on Red Sea shipping, saying his fighters launched 34 attacks in the past month.

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