Yemeni Army Strikes British Oil Ship MARLIN LUANDA In Gulf Of Aden
On January 26, the Yemeni army attacked the British Marlin Luanda oil tanker in the Gulf of Aden around the coordinates of 12.1502, 45.9852 using several naval missiles; The missiles accurately hit the target and set the ship on fire.
Brigadier General Yahya Saree, the spokesman of the Yemeni armed forces, announced in a statement that the Yemeni navy attacked a British oil ship called MARLIN LUANDA in the Gulf of Aden using several naval missiles.
As a result of the missiles directly hitting the Marlin Luanda oil tanker, this British ship suffered a fire and significant damage. The U.S. Central Command also confirmed this news and added that a Houthi (Ansar Allah) missile damaged the mentioned oil tanker, but no casualties were reported.
Trafigura company (the owner of this ship) in a report denied the sinking of Marlin Luanda oil tanker and the casualties in the missile attack. Trafigura announced that the ship’s crew, supported by US coalition warships, are trying to contain the fire.
The Yemeni armed forces emphasized the continuation of operations in the Red and Arab seas against Israeli ships or Israeli-linked ships bound for occupied Palestinian ports until the end of the aggression and the delivery of food and medicine to the Gaza Strip. The spokesman of the Yemeni armed forces also clarified that all their military actions were carried out within the framework of the right to defend Yemen and practical solidarity with the Palestinian people.
In response to this attack, on the morning of Saturday, January 27th, the US fighter jets bombed the Ras Issa area in the north of Hudaydah city twice. The US military claims that this airstrike destroyed an anti-ship missile ready to be launched on the shores of the Red Sea.
Marlin Luanda is a British oil tanker that has been operating under the Marshall Islands flag since 2018. The action of the Yemeni army against the British ships was carried out after the authorities of this country, in addition to participating in the American coalition against Yemen, adopted harsh positions against Ansar Allah and the Yemeni National Salvation Government.