May 11 2018

Explosion damages Turkish cargo ship sailing to Yemen

 “An explosion has damaged a Turkish M/V Ince Inebolu carrying wheat to Yemen’s Houthi-controlled port of Saleef, with varying accounts attributing the incident on Thursday to an unexplained blast aboard the ship or a possible missile strike” said Reuters.

A warship of a Saudi-led military coalition received a call from the captain of M/V Ince Inebolu, who informed that an opening had appeared in the middle of the ship on the port side, a spokesman for the alliance said and added that “Coalition forces conducted a survey of the incident and visited the ship and found an explosion from the inside to the outside”. 

The captain claimed he did not know the cause of explosion. The ship was towed to Saudi Arabian port of Jizan by coalition forces.

The vessel’s owner is Istanbul based Ince Shipping Group. 

Merchant vessels and warships off the coast of Yemen have come under periodic missile and bomb-laden boat attack by the armed Houthi movement during Yemen’s three-year-old war.

Meanwhile, according to pro-government Daily Sabah, 

"Turkey on Friday expressed concern over the situation on Yemen's Arabian Sea island of Socotra after the Yemeni government said the United Arab Emirates deployed troops there without informing Sanaa first."