Chinese-owned oil tanker attacked off Yemen by Houthi rebels


An oil tanker owned by China was attacked Yemen On Saturday, when Houthi rebels fired ballistic missiles at it, according to the US military.
Both CENTCOM and UK Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) confirmed that a fire had broken out on the ship, but was quickly brought under control within half an hour.
“On March 23, Iranian-backed Houthis launched four anti-ship ballistic missiles (ASBMs) the Red Sea In the vicinity of the M/V Huang Pu, a Panama-flagged, Chinese-owned, Chinese-operated oil tanker. At 4.25 pm (SANA time), a fifth ballistic missile was detected fired towards the M/V Huang Pu. The ship issued a distress call but did not request assistance. M/V Huang Pu suffered minimal damage and the fire on board was extinguished within 30 minutes. No injuries were reported and the ship resumed its course. US Central Command (CENTCOM) early Sunday morning on social media platforms

The MarineTraffic website later tracked the Huang Pu sailing out of the Red Sea towards the Gulf of Aden, en route to its next destination, New Mangalore in India. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which occurred 23 nautical miles west of the Yemeni port of Mokha. Despite the rebels previously saying they would not target Chinese ships, they fired five anti-ship ballistic missiles at Huang Pu, CENTCOM revealed.
According to maritime safety agency Embre, “the tanker's registration details, including name and operator, were changed as recently as February 2024”. Originally registered by British firm Union Maritime Ltd. in 2019, the ship had connections to a company previously targeted by the Houthis. The rebels have threatened to attack Israeli, British and US ships, as well as ships headed to Israeli ports, disrupting trade in the region.
According to CENTCOM, following the attack on Huang Pu, US forces intercepted six drones launched by rebels, five of which crashed in the Red Sea and the sixth entered Houthi-controlled territory in Yemen. The United States, leading an international coalition to protect Red Sea shipping, has been targeting Houthi positions in Yemen since mid-January.
Iran-backed rebels have been targeting ships in the Red Sea for the past few months in a show of solidarity with the Palestinians. Gaza,
(with AFP input)

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