In the early morning hours, a cargo ship sailing through the Red Sea was attacked with two missiles, according to the UKMTO (UK Maritime Trade Operations). The ship, which is registered to the Marshall Islands and flagged as Greek, was traveling in the Bab al-Mandeb strait when it was hit. Despite sustaining some damage, the crew remains safe and the ship continues its journey as usual.
The Houthi rebels in Yemen have been targeting cargo ships in the Red Sea for months, claiming that their attacks support Palestinians in Gaza. As a result of these attacks, several shipping companies have instructed their ships to avoid the Red Sea route and travel around South Africa instead. This has led to a significant decrease in maritime traffic in the region.
About 12 percent of the world’s cargo traffic normally passes through the Red Sea sea route. However, due to ongoing tensions and security concerns, many ships are choosing to take alternative routes. The situation remains tense as maritime authorities continue to monitor the area and ensure that ships traveling through are safe from harm.