Britain’s maritime agency says a drone attack has been carried out in the Red Sea

RIYADH, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Britain’s Maritime Trade Operations Organization (UKMTO) said on Sunday it had carried out a drone attack in the Red Sea’s Bab al-Mandab strait.

The UKMTO had previously reported drone activity and possible explosions originating from Yemen, and called on nearby vessels to be alert.

Reuters could not independently verify these reports.

The reported incident follows a series of attacks in the Middle East since the outbreak of war between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas on October 7.

Iran’s ally Houthi group seized a cargo ship linked to Israel last month. The group, which controls much of Yemen’s Red Sea coast, has previously fired ballistic missiles and armed drones at Israel and vowed to target more Israeli ships.

There was no immediate comment from the Houthis on Sunday.

Last week a US Navy warship responded to a distress call on an Israeli-operated commercial tanker in the Gulf of Aden after it was seized by armed men.

Reporting by Ahmed Elimam Writing by Aziz El Yacoubi Editing by David Goodman and Bernadette Baum

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