Missiles set ship in Gulf of Aden ablaze in suspected Houthi attack

A handout picture released on February 23, 2024, shows the M/V Rubymar, a Belize-flagged, UK-owned bulk carrier leaking oil in the Gulf of Aden after taking significant damage after an attack by Iran-backed Houthi terrorists on February 18. (CENTCOM)
A handout picture released on February 23, 2024, shows the M/V Rubymar, a Belize-flagged, UK-owned bulk carrier leaking oil in the Gulf of Aden after taking significant damage after an attack by Iran-backed Houthi terrorists on February 18. (CENTCOM)

A suspected attack today by Yemen’s Houthi terrorists saw missiles strike a ship in the Gulf of Aden, authorities say, setting the vessel ablaze, in the latest such assault in their campaign over the Israel-Hamas war.

The attack happened in the Gulf of Aden off Yemen, the British military’s United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations center says, adding that the vessel caught fire in the attack.

The private security firm Ambrey says a merchant vessel made a radio distress call saying it had been struck by a missile.

The ship “was en route from Malaysia to Venice, Italy,” Ambrey says. It adds that the ship was “aligned with the Houthi target profile,” without elaborating.

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