A cargo ship was attacked in Bab al-Mandab Strait

British maritime security company Ambrey said a Belizean-flagged cargo ship registered in the United Kingdom and operated by Lebanon was struck on Sunday night in the Bab al-Mantab strait, which connects the Red Sea to the Gulf. Aden.

Embry said in a memo that the ship was heading north from Khor Fakhan in the United Arab Emirates to Varna in Bulgaria when the attack occurred.

“The partially loaded vessel briefly slowed to ten to six knots and veered off course, contacting the Djibouti Navy before returning to its previous course and speed,” the memo said.

The British Maritime and Commercial Operations Commission said it received information about the incident 35 nautical miles south of Moga, Yemen.

The Houthi group in Yemen has launched repeated drone and missile attacks on international merchant ships in the Red Sea and Bab al-Mandab Strait since mid-November. The group says it is solidarity for Palestinians in the face of Israel's war on the Gaza Strip.

The leader of the Houthi group, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, confirmed last January that “the group's operations in the Red Sea include American and British ships bound for Israel, and do not face a US-British occupation. In response to US-British strikes targeting the group in Yemen, they are to intimidate them.”

Earlier on Saturday, the Houthis announced that they had targeted a British oil tanker in the Red Sea with a “large number of missiles”, which they described as “accurate and direct”.

(Reuters, Al-Arabi Al-Jadeed)

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