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Houthi attack on ship with Polish crew

14.06.2024 11:30
A Polish-operated merchant ship was shelled by Yemeni Houthi rebels in the Gulf of Aden, seriously wounding one sailor, according to the US military.
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Illustrative photo.Shutterstock/Petr Jilek

The Palau-flagged merchant ship Verbena reported "damage and fires on board" following the shelling, with one sailor seriously wounded, stated US Central Command (CENTCOM) in a communiqué.

US forces evacuated the injured sailor to a "nearby partner ship" for medical attention. A firefight is currently underway on board.

The Verbena, owned by a Ukrainian company and operated by a Polish firm, had recently anchored in Malaysia and was en route to Italy with a cargo of timber for construction purposes.

This attack marks the second assault by the Iranian-backed Houthis on the vessel within 24 hours.


Source: IAR