New Delhi: Indian Navy officials said on Sunday that the Indian-flagged MV Saibaba, which was carrying crude oil under the flag of the Central African nation of Gabon, was attacked by drones in the Red Sea. Officials said 25 Indian crew members were on board the attacked ship and are safe.
Earlier, the US Central Command had said that an Indian-flagged crude oil tanker was among the two vessels targeted by drone strikes by Yemen’s Houthi terrorists. The United States Central Command said in a statement: “On Dec. 23 (Saturday), two anti-ship missile attacks were launched from the Houthi-controlled area of Yemen towards the international sea lanes in the Southern Red Sea. No ships were damaged in this attack.
USS Laboon (TTG 58) was on patrol in the Southern Red Sea between 3pm and 8pm (Sana time) as part of Operation Prosperity Guardian. At that time, 4 drones were shot down from the Houthi-controlled area in Yemen towards the USS Laboon. No one was injured in the attack. At around 8:00 am (Sanaa time) we received information that two ships sailing in the southern Red Sea had come under attack.
With the Norwegian flag. A tanker carrying chemicals and crude oil owned by the country came under a one-way drone attack by the Houthis. No injuries or damages were reported in the attack. Second, an Indian-flagged MV Saibaba crude oil tanker belonging to Gabon was reported to have come under drone attack. No one was injured in the attack. We answered their call.
This is the 14th and 15th attacks by the Houthis on merchant ships in the Red Sea since October 17.” It is said. Also, it is noteworthy that the USS Laboon has accused the Houthis of increasing their attacks after the Israel-Hamas conflict.