Posted on June 06, 2018 by Hannah Berry
VOS Theia, the U.N. World Food Programme’s (WFP) chartered ship has been subjected to an attack from an armed gang whilst in anchorage off Hodeidah, Yemen.
The unidentified gang aboard a skiff opened fire on the vessel after it had delivered a shipment of unnamed goods to Hodeidah on 3rd June at 1430 UTC. Hodeidah is held by the Iranian-aligned armed Houthi movement which has taken large parts of the country in a three-year-old war.
The Port Corporation said “The vessel traffic office received a distress call from the VOS THEIA at 1730 (1430 GMT) on Sunday, June 3, 2018 about a fire in the vessel resulting from an external attack.” Investigations are ongoing into who was responsible, but a further statement from WFP spokeswoman Bettina Luescher said “Both the crew and the vessel are safe, with no injuries or obvious damage to the vessel.”
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