Suspected Houthi attack targets vessel in Gulf of Aden

A suspected attack by Yemen’s Houthi rebels targets a ship in the Gulf of Aden, the latest assault blamed on the group on the crucial maritime trade route.

The captain of the ship reported an explosion in close proximity to the vessel off the coast of Nishtun, Yemen, close to the country’s border with Oman, the British military’s United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations center says. The ship, whose name and flag were not released, and all crew are safe, the UKMTO says in a warning to mariners.

The explosion took place in the farthest reaches of the waterway earlier targeted by the rebels, the center says.

It does not elaborate on what caused the explosion, though the Houthis have been known to use drones and missiles as well as bomb-carrying drone boats.

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