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Yemen’s Houthi rebels suspected of launching attack on ship in Gulf of Aden

Yemen’s Houthi Rebels Suspected of Targeting Ship in Gulf of Aden

The Gulf of Aden was rocked by a suspected attack on a ship by Yemen’s Houthi rebels, further escalating tensions in the region. The incident occurred near the coast of Nishtun, Yemen, close to the country’s border with Oman. Fortunately, the ship’s captain reported an explosion near the vessel, but all crew members are safe, according to the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations center.

This attack is the latest in a series of assaults by the Houthi rebels on maritime vessels in the crucial trade route. The rebels have been known to use drones, missiles, and bomb-carrying drone boats in their attacks. The UKMTO did not provide further details on the cause of the explosion, but the rebels have a history of targeting ships in the region.

The Houthi rebels have targeted over 60 vessels in their campaign, resulting in the deaths of four sailors. They have seized one vessel and sunk two since November. The rebels claim that their attacks are aimed at ships linked to Israel, the United States, or Britain in support of Hamas in its conflict with Israel. However, many of the targeted ships have no connection to the Israel-Hamas conflict.

In addition to the ship attacks, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed concern over the detention of 13 U.N. staffers and aid workers by the Houthi rebels. The office called for their immediate release, highlighting the ongoing humanitarian concerns in the region.

The situation in the Gulf of Aden remains precarious as the Houthi rebels continue their aggressive actions in the area. Authorities are closely monitoring the situation to ensure the safety of maritime traffic and personnel in the region.

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