Bulk carrier hit by missile from Yemen, crew says three dead

Bulk carrier hit by missile from Yemen, crew says three dead
Bulk carrier hit by missile from Yemen, crew says three dead

Hello and welcome to the details of Bulk carrier hit by missile from Yemen, crew says three dead and now with the details

Nevin Al Sukari - Sana'a - A missile fired by Yemen’s Houthi rebels hit a bulk carrier in the Gulf of Aden yesterday, with the crew reporting three people dead and at least four wounded, the US military said. — AFP pic/US Central Command

DUBAI, March 7 — A missile fired by Yemen’s Houthi rebels hit a bulk carrier in the Gulf of Aden yesterday, with the crew reporting three people dead and at least four wounded, the US military said.

The Iran-backed Houthis have been targeting merchant vessels transiting the vital Red Sea trade route for months and have previously hit ships in the area, but the deaths on Wednesday appear to be the first fatalities resulting from such an attack.

An anti-ship ballistic missile struck the Barbados-flagged, Liberian-owned M/V True Confidence, after which its crew reported “three fatalities, at least four injuries, of which three are in critical condition, and significant damage to the ship”, the US Central Command (Centcom) said in a statement.

“The crew abandoned the ship and coalition warships responded and are assessing the situation”, the military command said, noting that the attack was the fifth time the Houthis had launched an anti-ship ballistic missile in two days.

Advertisement

“These reckless attacks by the Houthis have disrupted global trade and taken the lives of international seafarers”, Centcom added.

Houthi military spokesman Yahya Saree said on social media that the True Confidence was targeted with multiple missiles “after the ship’s crew rejected warning messages” from the Houthis.

Months of attacks

Advertisement

The British embassy in Sanaa had earlier said the toll was at least two dead, describing the loss of life as “the sad but inevitable consequence of the Houthis recklessly firing missiles at international shipping.”

British Foreign Secretary David Cameron meanwhile promised that “we will continue to stand up for freedom of navigation and back our words with actions.”

The United States and Britain have since January launched repeated strikes on Houthi targets in Yemen in response to the ship attacks, but the rebels have continued to target merchant vessels.

They began attacking ships in the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea in November, a campaign they say is intended to signal solidarity with Palestinians in the devastating Gaza war.

The Houthis have vowed to strike Israeli, British and American ships as well as vessels heading to Israeli ports, disrupting traffic through the vital trade route off Yemen’s shores.

The latest incident comes after a Belize-flagged, Lebanese-operated ship sank on Saturday with 21,000 metric tonnes of ammonium phosphate sulfate fertiliser on board.

The ship, called the Rubymar, had been taking on water since a Houthi missile strike on February 18 damaged its hull and forced the evacuation of its crew to Djibouti.

The flurry of Houthi strikes has caused several major shipping firms to suspend passage through the Red Sea, which usually carries around 12 per cent of global trade. — AFP

These were the details of the news Bulk carrier hit by missile from Yemen, crew says three dead for this day. We hope that we have succeeded by giving you the full details and information. To follow all our news, you can subscribe to the alerts system or to one of our different systems to provide you with all that is new.

It is also worth noting that the original news has been published and is available at Malay Mail and the editorial team at AlKhaleej Today has confirmed it and it has been modified, and it may have been completely transferred or quoted from it and you can read and follow this news from its main source.

PREV China expresses ‘deep concern’ over Iran attack on Israel
NEXT Westfield Bondi mall attack: Sydney knife suspect identified by police

Author Information

I am Jeff King and I’m passionate about business and finance news with over 4 years in the industry starting as a writer working my way up into senior positions. I am the driving force behind Al-KhaleejToday.NET with a vision to broaden the company’s readership throughout 2016. I am an editor and reporter of “Financial” category. Address: 383 576 Gladwell Street Longview, TX 75604, USA Phone: (+1) 903-247-0907 Email: [email protected]