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14 March 2024 - 20:09
Vessel reports explosion in Gulf of Aden: UKMTO

News sources reported a new maritime incident in the Gulf of Aden.

A vessel reported an explosion at a distance from it while sailing some 50 nautical miles southeast of the port of Aden in Yemen, the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) organization said on Thursday.

“The vessel is proceeding to its next port of call. Authorities are investigating,” UKMTO added.

No further details have been released yet.

Yemen’s Sanaa government's armed forces have been targeting cargo ships in the Red Sea owned or operated by Israeli companies or transporting goods to and from occupied Israeli-controlled territories in solidarity with the Gaza Strip, which has been under an Israeli regime's onslaught since Oct. 7 last year.

The Yemenis say their attacks aim to pressure the Zionist occupying regime to halt its deadly attacks on the Gaza Strip, which have killed around 31,200 Palestinians and injured over 72,900 others since an Oct. 7 cross-border offensive by the Palestinian group Hamas, which killed about 1,200 Zionists armed settlers and soldiers. 

The US and UK launched airstrikes as of Jan. 12 against the Yemeni Sanaa government in retaliation for the group’s attacks, with the Yemenis declaring that they consider all American and British ships military targets.

The Red Sea is one of the world's most frequently used sea routes for oil and fuel shipments, and the attacks on shipping have disrupted trade, raising fears of a new bout of inflation and supply chain disruption.

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