The Scotsman

Ship hit by Houthi missile in Gulf of Aden

- Jon Gambrell

A missile attack by Yemen's Houthi rebels has targeted a cargo ship in the Gulf of Aden in the latest assault on shipping in the region.

The missile hit the Antigua and Barbuda-flagged ship's forward station late on Saturday, starting a fire that those on board later put out, the private security firm Ambrey said.

A second missile fired at the ship missed and people "on board small boats in the vicinity opened fire on the ship during the incident", Ambrey added, though noone was hurt on the ship.

The British military's United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations centre reported the attack late on Saturday.

Houthi military spokesman Yahya Saree claimed the attack in a pre-recorded video message yesterday, saying the vessel had been targeted with both missiles and drones.

He identified the vessel as the Norderney, a ship that tracking data showed was still in the Gulf of Aden yesterday afternoon.

Saree also claimed unreported attacks on a warship and another vessel in the Arabian Sea, without providing any evidence to support his claim. The Houthis have exaggerate­d some of their attacks since launching their campaign.

The Houthis, who seized Yemen's capital nearly a decade ago and have been fighting a Saudi-led coalition since shortly after then, have been targeting shipping throughout the Red Sea corridor over the Israel-hamas war in the Gaza Strip. They say the attacks are aimed at stopping the war and supporting the Palestinia­ns, though the attacks often target vessels that have nothing to do with the conflict.

The Houthis have launched more than 50 attacks on shipping, killing three sailors, seizing one vessel and sinking another since November, according to the US Maritime Administra­tion.

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