An Israeli-linked oil tanker was seized by armed individuals in the Gulf of Aden on Sunday, according to a U.S. Defense source.
The incident is the latest in a series of attacks in Middle Eastern waters since a brutal war between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas broke out on Oct. 7.
According to Ambrey, a maritime security company, the targeted vessel, named “Central Park,” is affiliated with a company linked to Israel and is based in the United Kingdom. The ship had reportedly received threats from Houthi rebels in Yemen.
The company further suggested that state actors may be involved in the incident, raising concerns about the geopolitical implications of the attack. Ambrey noted that the United States naval forces are aware of the situation, though it did not specify whether U.S. forces are actively involved in assisting the vessel.
The incident underscores the escalating tensions and security challenges in the region, bringing attention to the complex interactions between state and non-state actors in maritime affairs. There was no immediate comment from Houthi officials.
The United States has blamed Iran for unclaimed attacks on several vessels in the region in the past few years. Tehran has denied involvement.