Drone strikes Red Sea ship near Yemen’s Aden coast

The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) organization and British maritime security firm Ambrey reported an incident near Yemen’s Aden. According to UKMTO, a ship was attacked 60 nautical miles southeast of Aden. The vessel was hit on the port side by an uncrewed aerial system, causing a fire onboard, which has since been extinguished. However, the crew and the vessel are safe and proceeding to the next port of call. Ambrey confirmed that a Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier was hit by an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) 66 miles southeast of Aden, causing damage to the vessel’s gangway. This incident is part of the Houthi’s destructive Red Sea campaign, which has disrupted international shipping and caused some companies to suspend transits through the Red Sea, opting for the longer and costlier journey around Africa.