A ship attacked by Houthi rebels in the Gulf of Aden has been abandoned by its crew

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A cargo ship in danger in the Gulf of Aden was abandoned by its crew after it was hit by missiles fired by Houthi rebels from Yemen, the US military said on Saturday, citing AFP. .

The crew on the Verbena was picked up by another merchant vessel, US Central Command (CENTCOM) added on social network X, “Iranian warship IRIN Zamaran was eight nautical miles from M/V Verbena and unresponsive. Emergency call”.

CENTCOM said the M/V Verbena, a Palau-flagged bulk carrier, issued an emergency call Thursday due to a fire on board after being hit by two Houthi cruise missiles. A sailor was seriously injured in the attack and evacuated by US forces.

Verbena, owned by Ukraine and operated by Poland, had already suffered another missile attack less than 24 hours earlier.

Since November, the Iran-backed Houthis have been targeting ships in the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea as a sign of solidarity with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. These attacks, which severely disrupt maritime trade, have increased in recent days.

On Wednesday, another cargo ship, the M/V Tutor, was abandoned by its crew due to heavy damage sustained by a missile fired from near the Houthi-held Yemeni city of Hodeidah, according to the United Kingdom’s Maritime Trade Operations. British Navy.

The ship is currently floating in the Red Sea.

A Houthi rebel spokesman said in a telegram that the Verbena was “sinking in the Gulf of Aden after being hit by several missiles” and that “the Tutor is at risk of sinking in the next few hours.”

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“These actions are dedicated to our brothers fighting in Gaza,” he wrote, adding that the Houthis “renew their warning to all entities regarding the consequences of relations with Israel and the arrival of their ships in Palestinian ports.”

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