Dubai, United Arab Emirates — The missile launch apparently targeted a ship Friday off Yemen in the Red Sea, the latest attack suspected to have been carried out by Yemen’s Houthi rebels amid Israel’s war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. .

The ship’s captain reported an explosion near the ship in the Red Sea off the Yemeni city of Mocha, the British military’s UK Maritime Trade Organization center said.

“The crew and ship are reported to be safe,” the UKMTO said.

He did not immediately identify the attacked ship.

Yemen’s Houthi rebels did not immediately acknowledge carrying out the attack. However, the rebels usually take several hours before claiming responsibility for their attacks.

Since November, rebels have repeatedly attacked ships in the Red Sea due to Israel’s offensive in Gaza. They have frequently attacked ships with weak or no ties to Israel, endangering shipping on a key trade route between Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

The US and British militaries have carried out multiple rounds of airstrikes against the Houthis’ missile arsenals and launch sites in territory they control.

Meanwhile, the US military’s Central Command acknowledged carrying out new airstrikes against the Houthis on Thursday. He described the impact of three mobile anti-ship cruise missiles on Houthi-controlled territory that “were prepared to launch against ships in the Red Sea.”

By Sam