Attack Targets Ship in Gulf of Aden Off Yemen

News Agencies | 2024-07-09 05:45 PM UTC
Attack Targets Ship in Gulf of Aden Off Yemen



A suspected attack by Yemen's Houthis targeted a vessel in the Gulf of Aden on Tuesday, the latest by the group on the crucial maritime trade corridor. British military's UK Maritime Trade Operations center said the captain of the ship reported an explosion near the ship off the coast of Nishtun, Yemen, close to the country's border with Oman. The UKMTO, in a warning to mariners, said all crew of the ship whose name and flag were not disclosed are safe. The center said the explosion occurred in the farthest reaches of the waterway earlier targeted by Houthis. However, it did not elaborate on what caused the explosion, though the Houthis have been known to use missiles and drones as well as bomb-carrying drone boats.


Iraqi officials have confirmed that Yemen's Ansar Allah (Houthi) group has established an office in Baghdad in a significant act amidst ongoing regional tensions over Israel's war on Gaza. It is said to have been inaugurated by Abu Idris Al-Sharafi, a prominent Houthi representative. An advisor to Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia Al-Sudani said, "It is not an office or representation as it is being promoted, but a headquarters for movement members who previously stayed in one of the hotels in Baghdad." The source emphasized that Iraq is committed to ensuring that the group does not engage in hostile activities against any country from Iraqi territory.


The UN human rights office on Tuesday reiterated its concerns over the well-being of 13 UN staffers and some members of non-governmental organizations after their detentions in Yemen. "We remain extremely worried about the well-being of 13 UN staff and a number of NGO employees who have been detained for over a month now by the 'Ansar Allah' de facto authorities in Yemen," spokesperson Jeremy Laurence told a press briefing in Geneva. He added that the office also remains particularly concerned by the situation of two other UN staffers who were already in prolonged detention, one since November 2021 and the other since August 2023.


The recent deaths of several more children from malnutrition in the Gaza Strip indicate that famine has spread throughout the enclave, a group of independent human rights experts mandated by the United Nations said on Tuesday. Gaza health authorities say at least 33 children have died of malnutrition, mostly in northern areas, which had until recently faced the brunt of the Israeli military campaign launched after the Oct. 7 Hamas attack on southern Israel. More than 495,000 people across Gaza - more than one-fifth of the population - are facing the most severe, or "catastrophic", level of food insecurity, it said, down from a forecast of 1.1 million in the previous update.