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Indian-flagged crude oil tanker hit by drone in Red Sea

A crude oil tanker bound for India was hit by an attack drone fired by Yemen's Houthi rebels in the Red Sea, the US military said. M/V Saibaba, a Gabon-flagged tanker with Indians on board, reported no injuries but sent out a distress call.

Indian flagged crude oil tanker hit by drone in Red Sea US claims 15th attack on Merchant ship since October 17 gcw
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First Published Dec 24, 2023, 9:55 AM IST

The US military claimed that an attack drone fired by Houthi terrorists struck an Indian-flagged crude oil ship in the Red Sea. The tanker MV Saibaba, owned by Gabon, reported no casualties after the impact, according to a post on X by Central Command.

The US military was notified of an attack on two ships in the Southern Red Sea at around 8 p.m. (Sanaa time). The chemical and oil tanker M/V BLAAMANEN, flying the Norwegian flag, reported a close encounter with a Houthi attack drone that resulted in no harm or injuries. The second ship, the Indian-flagged crude oil tanker M/V SAIBABA, owned by Gabon, claimed that a one-way attack drone struck it, but no one was hurt.

The Houthi rebels are backed by Iran, which has been accused in yesterday's attack on MV Chem Pluto off the Indian coast. They have repeatedly targeted ships in the Red Sea, claiming that they are targeting Israeli-linked vessels in solidarity with Gaza.

According to the US military, the events on Saturday marked the 14th and 15th time that the Houthi rebels had attacked commercial cargo since October 17.

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