In a televised statement, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, the spokesperson of the Yemeni Armed Forces, confirmed that an oil tanker was targeted with a missile strike by the naval forces.

Iran Press/ West Asia: "In support of our Palestinian people, amid their grave plight, who are currently facing death, destruction, and siege in the Gaza Strip, and in response to the calls of the free people of Yemen and the free people of our Umma, the naval forces have executed a top-tier military operation against the Norwegian 'Strinda' ship," his statement opened up. 

The Norwegian-flagged ship was loaded with oil and headed to the ports of the Israeli occupation, General Saree announced in the statement, Al Mayadeen reported.

The Yemeni Armed Forces succeeded in the past two days in enforcing the ban they had declared earlier this week without the need for military action.

The statement emphasized that the "Strinda" oil tanker was only targeted with a missile after the crew rejected all warning calls. 

"The Yemeni armed forces will not hesitate to target any ship that violates the directions in previous statements," he stressed.

Prior to the Yemeni statement, the US CENTCOM stated that "the Motor Tanker STRINDA was attacked by what is assessed to have been an Anti-Ship Cruise Missile (ASCM)" launched from an area of Yemen controlled by Ansar Allah while passing through Bab al-Mandab Strait.

Earlier today, the British Maritime Trade Operations Department said a fire broke out on board a ship near the Bab al-Mandab Strait, off the Yemeni coast.

The administration stated on its website that the incident took place 15 miles west of the port of Mokha in Yemen and is currently under investigation. Additionally, it was reported that all crew members of the affected ship were safe.

This statement coincided with the announcement made by the official spokesperson for the Yemeni Armed Forces, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, who posted on the X platform, "An important statement from the Yemeni Armed Forces in the coming hours."


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