Malta-flagged ship devoid of crew targeted by missile near Yemen.

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An empty bulk carrier registered in Malta was targeted by a missile while sailing northward through the Red Sea, approximately 140 kilometers northwest of the Yemeni port of Saleef. This information was confirmed by a security firm as well as two sources from the Greek Shipping Ministry on Tuesday.

The vessel in question, the Zografia, is owned by a Greek company and was en route from Vietnam to Israel with 24 crew members on board. At the time of the attack, the ship was empty, carrying no cargo. According to one of the Greek sources, there were no injuries, only damage to the ship’s materials.

Earlier on Tuesday, the British maritime security firm, Ambrey, released an advisory note mentioning the attack. Additionally, the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) surveillance hub reported an incident approximately 185 kilometers northwest of Saleef.

The Houthi group, which is aligned with Iran, has declared its intention to broaden the scope of its attacks in the Red Sea. They claim that these attacks are in response to Israel’s bombardment of Gaza. Furthermore, the group threatens to target U.S. ships in retaliation for American and British strikes on its Yemeni sites.

It was observed that the bulk carrier altered its course towards the port. The Houthis’ attacks on ships in this region have disrupted international trade and caused concern among major powers.

In addition to disrupting supply chains, there are worries that these attacks could complicate efforts by policymakers to manage global inflation.

On Monday, a missile struck a cargo carrier owned by the United States in the Gulf of Aden. This attack on the M/V Gibraltar Eagle resulted in minor damage, with no reported injuries. The Houthis later claimed responsibility for targeting the ship.


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