Marine organisation reports missiles flying over ship near Yemen’s al Hudaydah

By Thomson Reuters Mar 14, 2024 | 7:26 PM

CAIRO (Reuters) – The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) organisation said early on Friday that it had received a report that missiles passed near a ship 50 nautical miles (93 km) southwest of al Hudaydah, Yemen.

“The Master reported two missiles flying over the vessel and heard two loud blasts in the distance,” the UKMTO said in an advisory note, referring to the person in command of the ship.

It added that the vessel reported no damage and that the crew are reported safe.

“The vessel is proceeding to its next port of call. Authorities are investigating,” the advisory said.

Houthi militants have repeatedly launched drones and missiles against international commercial shipping in the Gulf of Aden since mid-November, saying they are acting in solidarity with Palestinians against Israel’s military actions in Gaza.

Their Red Sea attacks have disrupted global shipping, forcing firms to take longer and more expensive journeys around southern Africa, and stoked fears that the Israel-Hamas war could spread and destabilise the wider Middle East.

The United States and Britain have carried out strikes against Houthi targets in response.

(Reporting by Muhammad Al Gebaly; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman and Gerry Doyle)