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    Suspected Attack by Yemen’s Houthi Rebels Sees Missiles Strike Ship in Gulf of Aden, Sparking Blaze

    Suspected Attack by Yemen’s Houthi Rebels Sees Missiles Strike Ship in Gulf of Aden, Sparking Blaze

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A suspected attack Thursday by Yemen's Houthi rebels saw missiles strike a ship in the Gulf of Aden, authorities said, setting the vessel ablaze in what would be the latest such assault in their campaign over the Israel-Hamas war.

    The attack happened in the Gulf of Aden off Yemen, the British 's United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations center said. It said the vessel caught fire in the attack.

    The private security firm Ambrey said a merchant vessel made a radio distress call saying it had been struck by a missile.

    The ship “was en route from to Venice, ,” Ambrey said. It added that the ship was “aligned with the Houthi target profile,” without elaborating.

    Later on Thursday, the UKMTO reported a second suspected attack off Yemen's port of Hodeida, but said the blast happened away from the vessel and did not damage it.

    The Houthis did not immediately acknowledge Thursday's attacks, but it typically takes the rebels hours or even days to claim them. The attack follows the Houthis launching a boat-borne bomb attack against a commercial ship in the Red Sea on Wednesday.

    The Houthis, who seized Yemen's capital nearly a decade ago and have been fighting a Saudi-led coalition since shortly after, have been targeting shipping throughout the Red Sea corridor.

    They say the attacks are aimed at stopping the war and supporting the Palestinians, though the attacks often target…

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