A cargo ship in the Red Sea was attacked with two missiles in the morning local time in the Bab al-Mandeb strait, according to UKMTO (UK Maritime Trade Operations). The Greek-flagged ship, which is registered to the Marshall Islands, was fired upon with missiles twice in less than half an hour. Despite the attack, the crew is safe and the ship is continuing its journey as usual.
The Houthi rebels in Yemen have been targeting cargo ships in the Red Sea for months, claiming that their attacks support Palestinians in Gaza. As a result of these attacks, several shipping companies have instructed their ships to avoid the Red Sea route and travel around South Africa instead. About 12 percent of the world’s cargo traffic normally passes through the Red Sea sea route.
The situation in the region remains tense as maritime authorities continue to monitor the situation and ensure the safety of ships traveling through the area. Several ships have been targeted by Houthi rebels and some damage has been caused. The private armed security team on board helped prevent any casualties among crew members during this incident.