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Multiple commercial vessels attacked in Red Sea

Published Dec 03, 2023 01:24PM ET Updated Dec 03, 2023 05:40PM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney transits the Suez Canal, Egypt October 18, 2023. U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Aaron Lau/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo

By Aziz El Yaakoubi and Idrees Ali

RIYADH (Reuters) -Three commercial vessels came under attack in international waters in the southern Red Sea, the U.S. military said Sunday, as Yemen's Houthi group claimed drone and missile attacks on two Israeli vessels in the area.

The Carney, an American destroyer, responded to distress calls and provided assistance following missile and drone launches from Houthi-controlled territory, according to U.S. Central Command.

Yemen's Houthi movement said its navy had attacked two Israeli ships, Unity Explorer and Number 9, with an armed drone and a naval missile. A spokesperson for the group's military said the two ships were targeted after they rejected warnings, without elaborating.

In a broadcast statement, the spokesperson said the attacks were in response to the demands of the Yemeni people and calls from Islamic nations to stand with the Palestinian people.

The U.S. military said the Carney shot down three drones as it helped the commercial vessels. It was not clear if the warship was a target.

It said the attacks were a threat to international commerce.

"We also have every reason to believe that these attacks, while launched by the Houthis in Yemen, are fully enabled by Iran," the statement said.

"The United States will consider all appropriate responses in full coordination with its international allies and partners," it added.

An Israeli military spokesperson Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari said the two ships had no connection to Israel.

"One ship was significantly damaged and it is in distress and apparently is in danger of sinking and another ship was lightly damaged," Hagari told reporters in Tel Aviv.

The reported incident follows a series of attacks in Middle Eastern waters since war broke out between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas on Oct. 7.

An Israeli-linked cargo ship was seized in November by the Houthis, allies of Iran. The group, which controls most of Yemen's Red Sea coast, had previously fired ballistic missiles and armed drones at Israel and vowed to target more Israeli vessels.

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The Bahamas-flagged bulk carrier Unity Explorer is owned by Unity Explorer Ltd and managed by London-based Dao Shipping Ltd, LSEG data showed. The ship was scheduled to arrive in Singapore on Dec. 15.

Number 9, which was headed to Suez port, is a Panama-flagged container ship owned by Number 9 Shipping Ltd and managed by Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK-based Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM), the data showed.

BSM said in a statement to Reuters Number 9 is currently sailing and there were no reports of injuries or pollution after the incident. The vessel was hit by a projectile while transiting the Bab al-Mandab Strait, the company said.

Unity Explorer's owners and managers could not be reached immediately for comments.

According to U.S. Central Command, the Unity Explorer suffered minor damage while the Number 9 also reported damage.

British maritime security company Ambrey and sources said earlier that a bulk carrier and a container ship had been hit by at least two drones while sailing in the Red Sea.

Ambrey said the container ship had reportedly suffered damage from a drone attack about 63 miles (101 km) northwest of the northern Yemeni port of Hodeidah.

Britain's Maritime Trade Operations agency (UKMTO) said it had received reports of a drone attack in the Red Sea's Bab al-Mandab Strait.

Last week a U.S. Navy warship responded to a distress call from an Israeli-managed commercial tanker in the Gulf of Aden after it had been seized by armed individuals.

Multiple commercial vessels attacked in Red Sea
 

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John Locke
John Locke Dec 03, 2023 6:27PM ET
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False flag event
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Dec 03, 2023 6:27PM ET
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IT'S A CONSPIRACY!!!
John Locke
John Locke Dec 03, 2023 6:26PM ET
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let's get that banker globalist wwIII started that they want.
Tom Saltzman
Tom Saltzman Dec 03, 2023 6:19PM ET
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Hopefully those nations go full terrorist so the uninformed can see who and what they truly are.
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Ac Tektrader Dec 03, 2023 4:59PM ET
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more misinformation and a badly misinformed Adam Sam...news: The U.S. and Qatar have reached an agreement to prevent Iran from accessing $6 billion recently unfrozen as part of a prisoner swap, the deputy treasury secretary told lawmakers on Thursday, sources confirmed to ABC News.Oct 12, 2023
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Adam Sam Dec 03, 2023 4:47PM ET
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who gave Iran 6 billions ? Whitehouse administration gave them the money, so they attacked your troops . US troops must suit the Whitehouse administration
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No one got 6billion u lump
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Oh they are aware too, great
 
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