DUBAI: A merchant ship caught fire after being attacked off Yemen, a British maritime security agency said on Thursday, following months of attacks in the area by Houthi rebels.

The ship was hit by “two unknown projectiles, which has resulted in a fire on board”, said the navy-run United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO), which monitors security incidents.

According to security firm Ambrey, the ship was hit by a missile in the Gulf of Aden, south of war-torn Yemen, the Arabian Penin­sula’s poorest country.

“Merchant shipping is advised to stay well clear of the affected vessel and halt crew deck movements,” Ambrey said, adding that the ship “aligned with the Houthi target profile”.

Published in Dawn, June 14th, 2024

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