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Philippines confirms 2 nationals killed in Houthi missile attack



The government of Phillipines on Thursday confirmed the death of two seafarers in a recent missile strike by Houthi militants on a cargo ship in the Gulf of Aden, off southern Yemen.

In a statement, the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) said two other Filipino sailors were also severely injured.

The cargo ship, True Confidence, on Wednesday was hit by several anti-ship ballistic missiles some 50 nautical miles southwest of Aden port, it said.

The authorities have taken the surviving Filipinos to a safe port, it added.

The Philippines is among the biggest suppliers of maritime labour in the world, providing almost one-fifth of the worldwide 1.2 million seafarers, according to International Labour Organisation.

In November 2023, 17 Filipino seafarers were taken hostage after an Israeli cargo ship were hijacked by Yemen’s Houthi militants in the Red Sea.

Ummul Idris

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