Red Sea Oil Tanker Survives Missile Attack: Crew Safe, No Damage Reported
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By The Smartencyclopedia Staff & Agencies

Explosions Heard as Two Missiles Target Panama-Flagged Tanker off Yemen’s Coast

In a concerning incident, a Panama-flagged, Indian-affiliated oil tanker narrowly escaped disaster after two missiles were fired towards it off the coast of Yemen in the Red Sea. The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) reported that explosions were heard during the attack, but no damage has been reported, and all crew members are confirmed safe, according to a regional security company.

The tanker was positioned approximately 60 nautical miles from Al Hudaydah, a city in Yemen when it reported seeing an explosion and missiles a few miles from its location. The UKMTO noted another explosion at sea, approximately 0.5 nautical miles from the tanker.

Security company Ambrey provided reassurance that the missile attack did not result in any damage to the tanker, and the crew is unharmed. The lack of damage to the vessel is being seen as a fortunate outcome in what could have been a devastating incident.

As of now, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack. The UKMTO confirmed that the tanker is proceeding to its next port of call, and appropriate forces are responding to the incident.

This incident follows a report earlier in the day of a separate event involving another ship, situated 60 nautical miles off the Red Sea port of Al Hudaydah, as stated by the UKMTO. The nature and details of this incident are yet to be disclosed.

The recent missile attack comes in the wake of a warning issued by Rishi Sunak earlier in the week, directed towards Houthi rebels. The Chancellor of the Exchequer warned of further strikes if such attacks persisted, emphasizing the UK’s commitment to self-defense.

In a statement to the House of Commons, Sunak stated, “We are not seeking a confrontation. We urge the Houthis and those who enable them to stop these illegal and unacceptable attacks. But, if necessary, the United Kingdom will not hesitate to respond again in self-defense. We cannot stand by and allow these attacks to go unchallenged. Inaction is also a choice.” The international community is closely monitoring the situation, emphasizing the need for stability and the protection of maritime trade routes in the region.

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