Shipwrecked and Rescued: The Dangers of Maritime Conflicts in the Gulf of Aden

Commercial Ship Crew Members Killed by Missile from Yemen in Gulf of Aden

In the Gulf of Aden, a commercial vessel owned by Liberian interests, the “MV True Confidence,” reported two deaths and six injuries after a Houthi rebel missile hit the ship. The attack is believed to be the first deadly strike by the rebels and caused significant damage to the vessel. The crew was able to abandon ship and was rescued by coalition forces, according to UK Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO).

The maritime security company Ambrey first reported an explosion near the bulk carrier when it was 57 nautical miles southwest of Yemen’s city of Aden. Houthi military spokesperson Yahya Saree claimed responsibility for the attack, stating that the crew rejected warning messages before being hit by missiles that caused a fire on board.

In response to these attacks, the United States has set up a multinational force to protect commercial shipping in the region from Yemen’s Houthi rebels. The insurgents, aligned with Iran, have targeted ships in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, claiming they are linked to Israel and acting in solidarity with Palestinians in their conflict with Israel. This has led to a decrease in container shipping through the Red Sea and Suez Canal.

Recent incidents include US military intercepting a missile and drones targeting a US Navy destroyer and Houthis attacking a container ship owned by an Italian-Swiss company. Shipowners have been forced to suspend passage through these strategic shipping lanes due to ongoing conflict in the region.

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