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Missiles miss a ship near Bab el-Mandeb Strait

AP – Two missiles fired from territory held by Yemen’s Houthi rebels missed a commercial tanker loaded with Indian-manufactured jet fuel near the key Bab el-Mandeb Strait yesterday, a United States official said.

An American warship also shot down a suspected Houthi drone flying in its direction during the incident, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters. No one was hurt in the attack, the official said.

The assault on the tanker Ardmore Encounter further internationalises a campaign by the Iranian-backed rebels targeting ships close to the Bab el-Mandeb Strait. That potentially imperils cargo and energy shipments coming through the Suez Canal and further widens the international impact of the Israel-Hamas war raging in the Gaza Strip.

The Marshall Islands-flagged tanker was travelling north toward the Suez Canal in the Red Sea, satellite tracking data analysed by The Associated Press showed.

The vessel had been coming from Mangalore, India, and had an armed security crew aboard it, according to data transmitted by the ship.

Ardmore Shipping Corp, which owns and operates the ship, issued a statement to the AP acknowledging the attack.

“No one boarded the vessel and all crew members are safe and accounted for,” the statement said.

“The vessel remains fully operational with no loss of cargo or damage on board.”