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Merchant ship hit by small vessel in Red Sea, UKMTO says

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A merchant ship which reported an incident in the Red Sea on Wednesday was struck by a small craft, United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) said.

Houthi militants, who control Yemen's capital and most populous areas, have attacked international shipping in the Red Sea region since November © Mena Today 

A merchant ship which reported an incident in the Red Sea on Wednesday was struck by a small craft, United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) said.

It took place approximately 67.7 nautical miles southwest of Yemen's port of Hodeidah, British security firm Ambrey said.

"The vessel aligned with the Houthi target profile at the time of the incident," Ambrey said in an advisory note.

Houthi militants, who control Yemen's capital and most populous areas, have attacked international shipping in the Red Sea region since November in solidarity with the Palestinians in the war between Israel and Hamas, drawing retaliatory U.S. and British strikes since February.

Reporting by Tala Ramadan

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