Drone sparks fire on Israel-linked ship in Indian Ocean-10 points

By Editorji News Desk
Published on | Dec 23, 2023

Drone strike in Indian Ocean

A drone strike damaged a merchant ship in the Indian Ocean but caused no casualties. The vessel was reportedly linked to Israel.

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Involved UAS

The attack involved an Uncrewed Aerial System (UAS) on a vessel 200 nautical miles southwest of Veraval, India.

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No harm to EEZ

As per government sources, the incident happened close to the Indian coast, however, it was away from the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

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Attack led fire

The unclaimed attack caused fire on board, according to the British military’s United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO).

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UKMTO statement

“Vessels are advised to transit with caution and report any suspicious activity to UKMTO,” said UKMTO.

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Indian Navy to investigate

At least 21 members of the crew are Indians and the Indian Navy is expected to reach and investigate the case.

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Naval warship to ensure safety

A naval warship is en route to ascertain the safety and security of the Israel linked ship.

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Vessel and crew both safe

An Indian Navy aircraft has reached the location and confirmed the safety of the vessel and crew members onboard.

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Attacks in Red Sea

A recent surge in attacks on commercial ships in the Red Sea by Houthi rebels from Yemen has disrupted a major global trade route.

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Targets of Houthis

The Houthis targeted Israeli-linked vessels over the Israel-Hamas war initially, but then escalated their attacks, hitting ships without clear ties.