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Authorities say the ship attacked in the Red Sea entered the water off the coast of Yemen

A ship was attacked in the Red Sea off the coast of Yemen on Tuesday, and a private security company said radio traffic suggested the ship had entered the water after the strike.

No group immediately claimed responsibility, but suspicion immediately fell on Houthi rebels in Yemen, who have carried out a number of attacks on ships in connection with Israel’s war with Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

The British military immediately released few other details of the attack, the UK Maritime Trade Operations Center said. The incident occurred near the port city of Hodeida in the southern Red Sea, near the Bab el-Mandeb Strait connecting it to the Gulf of Aden.

Private security company Ambrey said the ship reported over the radio that it had “suffered permanent damage to its hold and was taking on water.” He said he was the target of a missile attack.

The location of the attack corresponded to the Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier Laax. The ship is reportedly heading to Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates.

Laax is managed by Grehel Ship Management from Piraeus, Greece. A man who answered the phone in Grehel declined to answer questions about the attack, and an emailed request for comment was not returned.

In recent months, the Houthis have carried out attacks on ships in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, demanding that Israel end the war in Gaza that has killed more than 36,000 Palestinians there. The war began after Hamas-led militants attacked Israel on October 7, killing about 1,200 people and taking about 250 hostages.

Since November, the Houthis have carried out more than 50 attacks on shipping, seized one ship and sunk another, according to the U.S. Maritime Administration.

Shipping through the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden declined due to the threat. The pace of Houthi attacks has slowed in recent weeks, although the rebels say they have shot down US surveillance drones.

Yemen has been in conflict since rebels seized the capital, Sanaa, in 2014. In 2015, a Saudi-led coalition entered the war on the side of Yemen’s government-in-exile, but the conflict has remained in a stalemate for years as Riyad tries to reach a peace deal with the Houthis.

Speaking in Dubai on Tuesday, the prime minister of Yemen’s internationally recognized exiled government urged the world to forget Houthi claims of supporting Palestinians in their attacks.

“The Houthi’s use of a very just cause, such as the cause of our people in Palestine and what is happening in Gaza, is aimed at escaping the benefits of peace and bringing us to the serious complications that exist,” Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak told Arabic Forum media. “Peace is a strategic choice. We must achieve peace. The war must end. It’s a necessity. Our people need security and stability. The region itself needs stability.”