In the morning local time, a cargo ship in the Red Sea was attacked with two missiles in the Bab al-Mandeb strait. The UKMTO, responsible for the safety of British maritime traffic, has confirmed the attack. Despite being hit, the ship’s crew is safe and it is continuing its journey as usual.
The Greek-flagged ship, which is registered to the Marshall Islands, was fired upon with missiles twice in less than half an hour, causing some damage. The Houthi rebels in Yemen have been targeting cargo ships in the Red Sea for months, claiming that their attacks support Palestinians in Gaza. As a result of these attacks, several shipping companies have instructed their ships to avoid the Red Sea route and travel around South Africa instead.
The Red Sea sea route accounts for about 12 percent of the world’s cargo traffic. The situation in the region remains tense as maritime authorities continue to monitor the situation and ensure the safety of ships traveling through the area.