3 killed in Houthi missile attack on cargo ship – US military

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Three crew members have been killed in a Houthi missile strike on a cargo ship off southern Yemen, US officials say – the first deaths the group’s attacks on merchant vessels have caused, Report informs referring to the BBC.

The Barbados-flagged True Confidence had been abandoned and was drifting with a fire on board after the strike.

It was hit in the Gulf of Aden at about 11:30 GMT, the US military said.

The Houthis say their attacks are to support the Palestinians in the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

The US Central Command (Centcom), which oversees operations in the Middle East, said three crew members had been killed and at least four injured, including three critically.

“These reckless attacks by the Houthis have disrupted global trade and taken the lives of international seafarers,” it posted on social media.

The vessel had a crew of 20, comprising one Indian, four Vietnamese and 15 Filipino nationals. Three armed guards – two from Sri Lanka and one from Nepal – were also on board.

The attack happened about 50 nautical miles (93km) south-west of the Yemeni city of Aden, a spokesman for the ship’s owners and managers said in a statement.