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Houthi rebels escalate Red Sea attacks, target Trafigura fuel tanker

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

Yemen’s Houthi rebels have intensified their attacks on vessels in the Red Sea, with one strike causing a fire on a fuel tanker operated on behalf of trading firm Trafigura.

Trafigura reported that a missile hit the fuel tanker Marlin Luanda as it crossed the Red Sea, carrying Russian naphtha below the price cap set by G7 sanctions, as reported by Reuters.

Firefighting equipment onboard was used to control the fire in one cargo tank on the starboard side, according to Trafigura.

The company remains in contact with the vessel and is closely monitoring the situation, with military ships en route to assist.

Houthi rebel attacks have primarily targeted container vessels in the Red Sea, but oil tankers have continued to use the route.

Following the attack on the Marlin Luanda, the vessel Free Spirit, chartered by Vitol to carry crude oil, abruptly changed course before reaching the Gulf of Aden.

The UK Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) agency and British maritime security firm Ambrey received reports of vessel strikes and fires in the Red Sea near Yemen’s Aden.

The Houthi military spokesperson claimed responsibility for targeting the “British” tanker Marlin Luanda in the Gulf of Aden, resulting in a fire.

UKMTO reported an incident involving two missile explosions near a ship off the port of Aden and another 60 nautical miles from Yemen’s Hodeidah port.

The U.S. military stated that it successfully intercepted an anti-ship ballistic missile from a Houthi-controlled area in Yemen, with no reported injuries or damage.

The Houthi militants have been launching drones and missiles at vessels in response to Israel’s military operations in Gaza since November 19, causing disruptions to shipping routes.

In response, the U.S. and British forces have conducted retaliatory airstrikes against Houthi forces across Yemen using warplanes, ships, and submarines.

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