UKMTO receives multiple reports of boats approaching ship near Yemen’s Aden

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The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) organization received multiple reports on Friday of small boats approaching a merchant ship 80 nautical miles (148 kilometers) southeast of the Yemeni port city of Aden.

“Two small boats are reported to have followed a merchant vessel for over one hour,” the advisory note said, adding the vessel reported that no weapons were sighted.

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An incident had been reported earlier on Friday around 90 nautical miles southeast of Yemen’s port of Aden. UKMTO said authorities were investigating.

Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthi militants, who control much of Yemen, have launched wave after wave of exploding drones and missiles at commercial vessels since Nov. 19, in what they say is a protest against Israel’s military operations in Gaza.

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