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Houthis hit cargo ship Verbena with missiles: Fire breaks out on ship

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun14,2024

The Houthis hit the cargo ship Verbena with missiles: A fire broke out on the ship

Photo: Houthi supporter with a mock-up rocket /AP Photo/Osamah Abdulrahman

Rockets fired by Yemen's Houthi militants hit the cargo ship Verbena on Thursday, June 13. (Verbena) flying the Palauan flag in the Gulf of Aden, causing a fire and seriously injuring one of its crew. This was reported by the US Central Command (CENTCOM), reports Reuters.

The Iran-allied Houthis have been attacking merchant ships from various countries in the Red Sea region since November 2023 in solidarity with the Palestinians in the war between Israel and Hamas.

Thursday's attack was the second direct hit on a merchant ship in two days . Houthi militants say they will continue such attacks until hostilities in Gaza cease.

Three missiles hit the Verbena ship. on Thursday, June 13, causing a fire and damaging the ship, the UK Maritime Trade Office (UKMTO) said.

While the Verbena crew battled the fire, the wounded crew member was evacuated to another vessel for medical care with the help of U.S. Navy aircraft, U.S. Central Command said.

Reuters was unable to immediately reach the Polish manager of the Verbena. The ship, which was carrying construction materials, was en route to Italy at the time of the attack, U.S. Central Command said. The damaged vessel's propulsion and steering were operational.

A day earlier, Yemen's Houthi militants claimed responsibility for naval and aerial attacks on a Greek cargo ship, damaging it and requesting assistance near Yemen's Red Sea port of Hodeida.

The Houthi attacks in the Red Sea region have disrupted global shipping, causing widespread delays and added costs to supply chains. During the attacks, the militants have already sunk one ship and captured another, with several sailors killed.

Prepared by: Sergey Daga

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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