Ship carrying humanitarian aid shelled off Yemen

Ship carrying humanitarian aid shelled off Yemen

Dubai: A ship chartered by the United Nations carrying 7,000 tons of humanitarian aid was shelled yesterday by Huthi rebels in Yemen. The Amsterdam (built 2007; 11,200 dwt), a general cargoship owned by Athen Nordica Schiffahrts, turned away from Aden when it came under fire. It had been heading from Djibouti. There were no reports of injuries or damage to the ship.

Other ships sailing near the Yemeni coastline have been the subjected to attacks in recent months.

Yemen’s vicious civil war has killed almost 2,000 people and wounded 8,000, according to the World Health Organization.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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