In the early morning hours of local time, a cargo ship traveling through the Red Sea was attacked with two missiles, according to the UKMTO (UK Maritime Trade Operations). The ship, which is registered to the Marshall Islands and flagged as Greek, was fired upon in the Bab al-Mandeb strait, where Yemen’s Houthi rebels have previously targeted cargo ships. Despite suffering some damage from the attack, the crew is safe and the ship is continuing on its journey as usual.
The Red Sea has been a hotbed of tension for months due to ongoing attacks by Houthi rebels on cargo ships. These attacks have caused significant disruptions to global shipping routes, with several companies instructing their vessels to avoid the Red Sea and travel around South Africa instead. This has resulted in a decrease in maritime traffic in the region, with about 12 percent of world cargo traffic normally passing through it.
The situation remains tense as maritime authorities continue to monitor the area closely and ensure the safety of ships traveling through it. The UKMTO has increased its security measures in response to these attacks, urging all British mariners and vessels operating in this area to remain vigilant and maintain a high level of security at all times. It is important that all stakeholders work together to prevent further incidents from occurring and ensure that shipping remains safe and secure in this vital region.