Ship lightly damaged in strike by ‘unknown object’ in Red Sea near Yemen; crew safe — UK maritime body

The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) agency says that it received a report of an incident on a vessel in the Red Sea, 76 nautical miles northwest of Yemen’s Hodeidah.

The captain confirms that the ship sustained slight damage after it was “struck by an unknown object,” UKMTO says in a statement.

The crew is safe and the vessel is continuing to its next port of call, the statement says, adding that authorities are investigating.

The Iran-backed Houthis, a US-designated terror organization that controls the most populous parts of Yemen, has staged attacks on ships in the waters off the country for months in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza amid the ongoing war.

The repeated drone and missile strikes in the Red Sea, the Bab al-Mandab Strait and the Gulf of Aden since November have forced shippers to re-route cargo on longer and more expensive journeys around southern Africa and stoked fears the Israel-Hamas war could spread and destabilize the Middle East.

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