Houthis Struck Chinese-Owned Oil Tanker In Red Sea : US says

The Houthis  had attacked a Chinese-owned oil tanker in the Red Sea on March 23, the United States Central Command (CENTCOM) announced.

In a statement released on March 24, the command said that the Houthis first fired four anti-ship ballistic missiles from their area of control in Yemen at the vicinity of the Panamanian-flagged, Chinese-owned, Chinese-operated Huang Pu, and later a fifth missile launched by group struck the oil tanker.

“The ship issued a distress call but did not request assistance. M/V Huang Pu suffered minimal damage, and a fire on board was extinguished within 30 minutes. No casualties were reported, and the vessel resumed its course,” CETNCOM said. “The Houthis attacked the MV Huang despite previously stating they would not attack Chinese vessels

The United Kingdom Marine Trade Operations (UKMTO), a detachment of the Royal Navy, confirmed that a fire had broken out on board the tanker but was extinguished within 30 minutes. According to UKMTO, the tank was struck 23 nautical miles west of the Yemeni port of Mokha.

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