Container ship catches fire following Houthi attack

FILE PHOTO: Houthi followers hold a Palestinian flag during a parade in solidarity with the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and to show support to Houthi strikes on ships in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, in Sanaa, Yemen January 29, 2024. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah//File Photo
Houthi military spokesman Yahya Sarea claimed an attack on the "Israeli ship MSC SKY" in the Arabian Sea. A fire broke out on board due to nearby explosions, as reported by UKMTO. The US-led coalition aims to protect trade in the Red Sea from Iran-backed Houthis, who target ships in solidarity with Palestinians.
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Houthi military spokesman Yahya Sarea claimed responsibility for attacking the “Israeli ship MSC SKY” in the Arabian Sea. A fire broke out on board a ship near the Yemeni port of Aden due to nearby explosions, with no reported casualties. The UKMTO and Ambrey reported the incidents and mentioned that coalition forces are investigating further.

The US has formed an international coalition to protect trade routes in the Red Sea from Houthi attacks, done in solidarity with Palestinians during the Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza. Ambrey reported that a container ship flying the Liberian flag and allegedly belonging to an Israeli company, ZIM Integrated Shipping Services, was targeted. The ship continued transmitting signals after the incident.

The Ruby Lake, a cargo ship, sank recently in the Arabian Sea, the first ship to be lost during the ongoing Houthi attacks since November. Further investigations and reports from maritime authorities and security firms continue to monitor the situation in the region.

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