UK maritime agency reports explosion near vessel in Red Sea off Yemeni coast
The ship master says the vessel and crew were safe and proceeding to the next port, while authorities investigate the attack near Al Hudaydah
The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) on Thursday said it received a report of an explosion near a ship in the Red Sea area, 57 nautical miles from Yemen.
According to the report, the vessel and crew were safe and proceeding to the next port of call, while authorities in the are were investigating the incident.
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The Houthis did not claim responsibility, yet, but have vowed to continue their attacks on ships transiting in the busy commercial area.
Speaking on Thursday against the rising amount of strikes by the Houthis and Iranian proxies in the Middle East, U.S. Secrearty of Defense Lloyd Austin said the U.S. will take appropriate measures
“This is a dangerous moment in the Middle East… but we will take all necessary actions to defend the United States, our interests and our people.”
There are others in the world who are watching this to see how serious we are about this, and we are serious," Austin says.
"Our partners and allies are serious about it as well."