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Explosion near merchant vessel in Red Sea


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Explosion near merchant vessel in Red Sea

According to British security company Ambrey, a merchant vessel experienced an explosion close to it in the Red Sea on Thursday, approximately 19 nautical miles west of Mokha, a port city in Yemen.

Authorities were investigating an incident reported by the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) on Thursday. The incident occurred 27 nautical miles south of Mokha.

Ambrey's note stated that the ship matched the profile of Houthi militants in Yemen who have been attacking ships near their coast for months.

The vehicle did not send an Automatic Identification System signal while traveling from Europe to the United Arab Emirates. It provided no further information.

Whether the two incidents that UKMTO and Ambrey reported were the same or not was unknown.

Since November, the Houthis have frequently attacked ships in the Gulf of Aden, Bab al-Mandab Strait, and the important shipping lanes of the Red Sea with drones and missiles.

Ambrey claims that throughout the vehicle's journey from Europe to the United Arab Emirates, it failed to transmit an Automatic Identification System signal. It did not offer any more details.

The Houthi militia, allied with Iran and controlling the most populous areas of Yemen, has declared its support for Palestinians fighting Israel in Gaza.

 


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