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UKMTO says it received reports of vessel attacked off Yemen

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The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) said late on Sunday it had received reports of an attack on a vessel near Yemen’s port of Ras Isa and that investigations were ongoing.

In an advisory issued at 2150 GMT the UKMTO -- part of Britain’s Royal Navy -- advised mariners to exercise extreme caution in the area.

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It put the vessel’s position at approximately 23 nautical miles west of Ras Isa oil terminal on the Red Sea.

The last shipping incident near Ras Isa was in late 2019 when Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement briefly seized a Saudi-flagged ship and two South Korean vessels.

An Arab Coalition has been battling the Houthis for more than six years.

The alliance has accused the movement of attacking shipping in the Red Sea, one of the world’s busiest maritime lanes leading up to the Suez Canal.

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