Houthis target British oil tanker in Gulf of Aden
CAIRO: (Reuters) Yemen’s Houthis said their naval forces carried out an operation targeting “the British oil tanker Marlin Luanda” in the Gulf of Aden causing a fire to break out.
They used “a number of appropriate naval missiles, the strike was direct,” the Houthi military spokesperson Yahya Sarea said in a statement.
Also, Yemen’s Houthi rebels stepped up attacks on vessels transiting the Red Sea, including a hit on a fuel tanker operated on behalf of trading firm Trafigura that sparked a fire.
Trafigura said a missile struck the fuel tanker Marlin Luanda, operating on its behalf, as it transited the Red Sea.
Firefighting equipment on board was being deployed to suppress and control the fire caused in one cargo tank on the starboard side, the company said in an emailed statement.
Earlier, the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) agency and British maritime security firm Ambrey said they had received reports of vessels being struck in the Red Sea near Yemen’s Aden and a fire breaking out on board.
The Houthi military spokesperson said naval forces carried out an operation targeting the “British” tanker Marlin Luanda in the Gulf of Aden, causing a fire to break out.