Maersk Container Ship Attacked by Houthis in Red Sea

A Maersk container ship at sea
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On July 9, the British maritime security agency, United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO), received a report of an attack on a vessel passing through the Red Sea.

The incident took place 180 nautical miles east of Nishtun, Yemen. According to the captain, the vessel experienced a nearby explosion but reported no damage and continued its journey to the next port of call. No casualties were reported.

Later that day, a spokesperson for the Houthis announced that they had targeted the Maersk Sentosa, a U.S.-flagged container ship, in the Arabian Sea using various ballistic and wing missiles.

Maersk confirmed to Reuters that the Sentosa had been targeted by a flying object north of the Gulf of Aden, Yemen. They also confirmed that there were no casualties and no damage to the vessel.

The Houthis spokesperson further claimed attacks on two other vessels: the Marathopolis, sailing in the Arabian Sea, and the MSC Patnaree III in the Gulf of Aden, using drones.

Earlier, on July 7, the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) reported the destruction of two Houthi uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAVs) in a Houthi-controlled region in Yemen.