Today: Sunday, 19 May 2024 year

The British Navy reported an attack on a ship off the coast of Yemen.

The British Navy reported an attack on a ship off the coast of Yemen.

The Royal Navy’s UK Maritime Trade Operations Office (UKMTO) said it had received information that a ship had been attacked 40 nautical miles (74.08 kilometers) from the Yemeni port of Moha.

“UKMTO has received a report of an incident 40 nautical miles south of Moha, Yemen. The captain reports that his vessel was attacked by two missiles,” a release on the department’s website says.

UKMTO advised vessels to navigate the area with caution and report any suspicious activity.

The ruling Ansar Allah (Houthi) movement in northern Yemen, which controls most of Yemen’s Red Sea coast, previously warned of its intention to attack any ships linked to Israel, calling on other countries to recall their crews from them and not to approach them at sea. A number of shipping companies have decided to suspend transportation through the Red Sea.

The Houthis have said their actions in the Red Sea are aimed at helping Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, and they have argued that they are not interfering with freedom of navigation in the region. Arab and Muslim countries have repeatedly warned the United States that unconditional support for Israel’s actions in the Gaza Strip will lead to the spread of the conflict throughout the region.

The US and UK have been carrying out strikes on Houthi targets since mid-January, calling it a response to threats to freedom of navigation in the Red Sea. Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, a member of Ansar Allah’s highest political council, called the attacks a terrorist barbarity and deliberate and unjustified aggression.