A cargo ship on the Red Sea has been attacked, the UKMTO (UKMTO) responsible for the safety of British maritime traffic reported. The ship was targeted with two missiles while in the Bab al-Mandeb strait, where Yemen’s Houthi rebels have repeatedly attacked cargo ships. The crew is safe and the ship continues its journey as usual. The Ambrey maritime security company reported that a Greek ship flagged to the Marshall Islands was fired upon by missiles twice in less than half an hour, resulting in damage to the ship. The ship also had a private, armed security team.
Yemen’s Houthi rebels have been targeting cargo ships in the Red Sea for months, claiming their attacks support the Palestinians in Gaza. As a result, some shipping companies have instructed their ships to avoid the Red Sea route and go around South Africa instead. Around 12 percent of the world’s cargo traffic normally passes through the Red Sea sea route.
Despite the attacks, the ship’s crew is safe and the ship continues its journey as usual. The situation continues to be closely monitored for the safety and security of maritime traffic in the region.