British maritime security firm Ambrey says that a Marshall Islands-flagged, Greece-owned bulk carrier was targeted by missiles in two separate incidents within two minutes while transiting through the Bab al-Mandab Strait.
The bulker was reportedly hit and sustained physical damage on the starboard side, Ambrey adds.
Ambrey had first reported that the carrier had sighted a projectile near the vessel 23 nautical miles northeast of Djibouti’s Khor Angar and 40 nautical miles southwest of Yemen’s Red Sea port city of Mokha.
Yemen’s Houthis have attacked shipping routes in the Red Sea as part of what they say is their response to Israel’s campaign against the Palestinian terrorists, who are — like the Houthis — backed by Iran.
The Houthi attacks have prompted the US and Britain to launch waves of strikes on rebel-held areas in Yemen.