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Panama-flagged oil tanker attacked off Yemen, security firm says

A Panamanian-flagged crude oil tanker was attacked near Yemen’s Red Sea port city of Mocha, British security firm Ambrey said on Saturday, in the latest incident in waters where Houthi militants have targeted ships in solidarity with Palestinians.

Ambrey said a radio communication indicated the shipwas hit by a missile and that there was a fire onboard about 10 nautical miles southwest of Mokha. It had received assistance and one of its steering units was functional, Ambrey added, citing information it had received but without giving more details.

Yemen’s Iran-alignedHouthi militia has been staging attacks on the commercially important waterway for monthsin opposition toIsrael’s war in Gaza.

Othervessels in the vicinity were advised to exercise caution, Ambrey added in an advisory note.

Separately,the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) agency said earlier on Saturday thata vessel in the Red Sea was struck by an unknown object and sustained slight damage.

“The vessel and crew are safe and continuing to its next port of call,” UKMTO said in an advisory note onthe incident 98 nautical miles south of Yemen’s Hodeidah port.

Months of Houthi attacks in the Red Sea have disrupted global shipping, forcing firms to re-route to longer and more expensive journeys around Southern Africa.

The United States and Britain have carried out strikes against Houthi targets in response.
Source: Reuters (Reporting by Muhammad Al Gebaly, EnasAlashray and Jaidaa Taha; Editing by Louise Heavens and Andrew Cawthorne)

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