UKMTO Reports Explosion Near Yemeni Coast

A ship in the Bab El Mandeb strait between the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden reported a possible explosion in the water near the vessel on Monday morning, according to the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO).

The background of the incident is unclear as of yet.

The incident took place 30 nautical miles south of the port of Mokha in Yemen, with the Iran-backed Houthis threatening to continue attacks against maritime traffic in the area. The statement by UKTMO was later deleted and reposted without the detail about an explosion near the vessel. The reason for the removal of the detail was not specified.

A little later in the morning, a second incident was reported in the waters 30 nautical miles northwest of Mokha, according to the UKMTO. The reported incident was being investigated by authorities and details about the incident was as of yet unclear.

Houthi fighters open the door of the cockpit on the ship’s deck in the Red Sea in this photo released November 20, 2023. (credit: Houthi Military Media/Reuters)

The UKMTO advised vessels in the area to transit with caution and report any suspicious activity.

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