The news agency ANI reported on a recent incident of Drone Strike in Indian on a merchant ship in the Arabian Sea, causing a large explosion and ensuing fire. Luckily, no causality has been reported so far. An Indian Coast Guard vessel is on its way to the location, responding quickly.
The ship that was attacked was sailing from a Saudi Arabian port and was carrying crude oil. In an attempt to manage the fallout from the drone incident, the Indian Coast Guard dispatched the ICGS Vikram to support the merchant vessel.
As of right now, no one has taken credit for the attack. This incident comes after a similar one in which, according to a U.S. official, an Israeli-owned cargo ship was hit in an alleged drone attack by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in the Indian Ocean last month. The ship, which is operated by a business with ties to Israel, was allegedly damaged when an unmanned aerial vehicle burst nearby.
Rising Fears: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in the Red Sea
There are other areas besides the Arabian Sea where drone assaults are having an impact. The Houthis, who are supported by Iran, have increased their drone and missile attacks in the Red Sea, especially after the Israel-Hamas confrontation. The Houthis have declared their intention to attack Israeli-affiliated commercial shipping and have shown their support for Hamas.
Due to the increased risks in the Red Sea, shipping companies have been compelled to change their routes and take lengthier trips around the southern tip of Africa. Concerns about maritime security are growing as the scenario plays out, and officials are keeping a careful eye on these instances and taking action to protect international waterways.