A ship was attacked today off the southern coast of Yemen, two British maritime security agencies reported.
The incident took place in an area where Yemen's Houthi rebels have repeatedly attacked ships in the Red Sea in recent months, Britain's maritime trade agency UKMTO said.
As stated, the crew is alive and well and the ship is moving towards its next destination, adding that the incident happened this morning before 4:00 am.
Another security agency, Amri, reported that a ship flying the Marshall Islands flag had been hit by missiles in two separate incidents, hit and damaged.
The Houthis announced today that they attacked an American ship in the Red Sea, after maritime security agencies announced that rockets had been fired at a ship.
"The naval forces of the Yemeni armed forces targeted the US ship Star Iris in the Red Sea with a number of naval missiles and the strikes were precise and direct," said Houthi rebel spokesman Jahja Sara.
The USA announced yesterday that the previous day it had carried out new strikes on the positions of the Yemeni Houthi rebels, who, according to Washington, were about to attack ships in the Red Sea.
The Houthi rebels have announced that they will target ships in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden from November, which they believe are tied to Israel, in solidarity with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, a territory under siege and Israeli attacks in the war against Palestinian Islamist Hamas.
Because of their attacks, numerous shipping companies stopped the passage through that zone, through which 12 percent of world trade passes.
Washington, Israel's main ally, announced that it had designated the Houthis as a "terrorist" group and in December formed a multinational coalition to protect maritime traffic in the area.
The coalition has so far failed to stop the attacks, and US and British forces have carried out multiple strikes on Yemen since mid-January.
The Houthis control much of Yemen after a decade of war in the impoverished country on the Arabian Peninsula.