Chinese-Owned Tanker, Which Was Hit By Houthi Missile In Red Sea, Now En Route to India – News18

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Last Updated: March 24, 2024, 11:27 IST
Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
The U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney transits the Suez Canal, Egypt October 18, 2023. (Reuters File Photo)
A Chinese-owned oil tanker was attacked off Yemen by ballistic missiles fired by Houthi rebels, who have intensified strikes on Red Sea shipping, the US military said. The Panamanian-flagged, Chinese-owned and operated Huang Pu issued a distress call but did not request assistance.
“No casualties were reported, and the vessel resumed its course,” the US Central Command (CENTCOM) said in a statement on Sunday. The Iran-backed rebels, who control much of Yemen’s Red Sea coast, have launched dozens of missile and drone strikes on shipping over the past four months, actions they say are in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza.
MARCH 23 RED SEA UPDATEFrom 2:50 to 4:30 a.m. (Sanaa time)March 23, the Iranian-backed Houthis launched four anti-ship ballistic missiles (ASBM) into the Red Sea in the vicinity of M/V Huang Pu, a Panamanian-flagged, Chinese-owned, Chinese-operated oil tanker.
At 4:25 p.m.…
— U.S. Central Command (@CENTCOM) March 24, 2024
CENTCOM and the British Navy’s United Kingdom Marine Trade Operations (UKMTO) said a fire had broken out on board the ship but was extinguished within 30 minutes. The Marinetraffic tracking website later had the vessel sailing out of the Red Sea into the Gulf of Aden heading for its next port of call which, according to maritime security agency Ambrey, was New Mangalore in India.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which UKMTO said struck 23 nautical miles west of the Yemeni port of Mokha. CENTCOM said Houthi rebels had launched four anti-ship ballistic missiles in the Red Sea near the Huang Pu before a fifth hit the vessel. “The Houthis attacked the MV Huang despite previously stating they would not attack Chinese vessels,” it said.
“The tanker’s registration details, including name and operator, had been changed as recently as February 2024,” according to Ambrey. It had been registered in 2019 by British firm Union Maritime Ltd, Ambrey said and another vessel affiliated with the same company had previously been targeted by the Houthis.
The Houthis have promised to target Israeli, British and US ships, as well as vessels heading to Israeli ports, disrupting traffic along the vital trade route. The United States, which leads an international coalition meant to protect Red Sea shipping, has been hitting Houthi targets in Yemen since mid-January. CENTCOM said that, following the attack on the Huang Pu, US forces engaged six drones launched by the Houthis, five of which crashed into the Red Sea. The sixth flew into a Houthi-controlled area of Yemen, it said.
(With agency inputs)


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