Missile Attack on MSC SARAH V in the Arabian Sea

An MSC container ship
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On Monday, June 24, United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) reported that a vessel was attacked while navigating the Arabian Sea.

The UKMTO identified the containership MSC Sarah V as the target of the attack, which occurred 246 nautical miles southeast of Nishtun, Yemen. The vessel's captain reported an explosion near the ship. Fortunately, there were no casualties, and the ship continued its journey to the next port.

The Joint Maritime Information Center (JMIC) also confirmed the missile attack, stating that a missile struck the water approximately 50 meters off the vessel's starboard side. JMIC suggested that the attack might have been motivated by the vessel's perceived association with Israel.

MSC Sarah V, registered in Liberia, is owned by Sarah Oceanic Inc. and operated by MSC Mediterranean Shipping. The ship departed from Moroni anchorage on June 20 and is expected to arrive in Abu Dhabi on June 26.

Iranian-backed Houthis have been responsible for continued attacks on vessels from their controlled region in Yemen, supporting Palestinians involved in the Israel-Hamas conflict in the Gaza Strip.