The Bab al-Mandeb strait, where Yemen’s Houthi rebels have repeatedly attacked cargo ships, has been targeted again with two missiles. This time, a cargo ship on the Red Sea was hit. The UKMTO (UKMTO) responsible for the safety of British maritime traffic reported the incident. Fortunately, the crew is safe and the ship continues its journey as usual.
Meanwhile, a Greek ship flagged to the Marshall Islands was fired upon by missiles twice in less than half an hour while passing through the same area. This attack resulted in damage to the ship and also had a private, armed security team on board. It is unclear whether this incident was linked to Yemen’s Houthi rebels or not.
These attacks have been taking place for months now, with some shipping companies instructing their ships to avoid the Red Sea route and go around South Africa instead. Around 12 percent of the world’s cargo traffic normally passes through this sea route. Despite these challenges, shipping companies continue to operate in this region with caution and with appropriate security measures in place.