Yemen, Gulf of Aden. The rocket hit the ship of true faith. Killed and wounded, the unit was severely damaged

The bulk carrier True Confidence was hit by an Aden missile in the Gulf of Aden from areas controlled by Houthi rebels in Yemen, Reuters reported, citing the US Central Command (CENTCOM). At least three people died and the unit was severely damaged.

At 11:30 a.m. local time, a Barbados-flagged anti-ship missile was fired at the Liberian ship True Confidence from areas controlled by Houthi rebels in Yemen, US Central Command (CENTCOM) said.

As explained, the incident occurred while passing through the Gulf of Aden. The missile struck the ship, killing three of the international crew and injuring at least four others. It was stressed that at least three of the injured were in critical condition and the damage to the ship was significant.

“The crew has abandoned ship and coalition ships are responding and assessing the situation,” Centcom said.

True Confidence is a powerful bulk carrier with a length of 182 meters, a beam of 32 meters and a displacement of over 50,000 tonnes. It was built in 2011.

“Today these warnings have been sadly confirmed”

The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Organization (UKMTO) said the incident was reported near the entrance to the Red Sea, 54 nautical miles (about 100 kilometers) southwest of Aden. She confirmed that the ship had been abandoned by its crew and was “no longer under command”.

And Stephen Cotton, secretary-general of the International Transport Workers' Federation, the leading seafarers' union, called for urgent action to protect its members.

– We have continued to alert the international community and the maritime industry to the increasing risks facing seafarers in the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea. Today, these warnings have been tragically confirmed, Cotton said.

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It was the fifth rocket attack by Houthi rebels in the past two days. On two occasions, transport ships were attacked, and on another, the crew of the USS Carney shot down a missile.

“Such reckless Houthi attacks have disrupted global trade and claimed the lives of international seafarers,” CENTCOM said in a statement.

Main photo source: Twitter/CENTCOM

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