Three Dead After Houthi Missile Attack on Bulk Carrier

At the time of the attack, True Confidence was en route from China to Jeddah and Aqaba, carrying a cargo of steel products and trucks.

En route to Jeddah, can’t avoid the Red Sea on that voyage.

All 3 from the engine room?

Didn’t see anything, four others badly burned, three in critical condition.

Analysis: First fatal attack on shipping by Yemen’s Houthi rebels escalates risk for reeling Mideast (

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U.S. Central Command


Houthis Kill Innocent Civilians with Missile Attack At approximately 11:30 a.m. (Sanaa time) Mar. 6, an anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM) was launched from Iranian-backed Houthi terrorist-controlled areas of Yemen toward M/V True Confidence, a Barbados-flagged, Liberian-owned bulk carrier, while transiting the Gulf of Aden. The missile struck the vessel, and the multinational crew reports three fatalities, at least four injuries, of which three are in critical condition, and significant damage to the ship. The crew abandoned the ship and coalition warships responded and are assessing the situation. This is the fifth ASBM fired by Houthis in the last two days. Two of these ASBMs impacted two shipping vessels - M/V MSC Sky II and M/V True Confidence - and one ASBM was shot down by USS Carney (DDG 64). These reckless attacks by the Houthis have disrupted global trade and taken the lives of international seafarers.

The deck cargo looks more like buses than truck.
Looks very similar to the Yutong electric buses parked at the bus depot next to our block of flats here:

Both Jeddah and Aqaba are in the process of electrifying their city bus fleet:

The vessel True Confidence was under tow according to this article at safety4sea:

International forces join to stop Houthis .

The article is a report about a Houthi attack of 28 drones but mentions the True Confidence.

This defensive action was credited with protecting not only the cargo ship True Confidence, which had previously been struck and was under tow, but also other commercial vessels navigating through the region.