Bab al-Mandab, Yemen
11 December 2023

CENTCOM reported that “the Motor Tanker Strinda was attacked by what is assessed to have been an Anti-Ship Cruise Missile (ASCM) launched from a Houthi controlled area of Yemen while passing through the Bab al-Mandeb. The Strinda reported damage causing a fire on-board, but no casualties at this time”; the USS Mason responded to the vessel’s distress call. The French defence ministry also confirmed that a French frigate “patrolling off the Yemeni coasts, intervened during a complex aerial attack” against the tanker. The Houthis claimed responsibility for the attack.

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