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Filipino Seafarers Targeted in Houthi Attack: 2 Killed, 2 Critical

Houthi Attack

In a harrowing assault at sea, Filipino seafarers became the unfortunate victims of an attack by Houthi rebels while traversing the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. Here’s an in-depth look at the tragic incident:

Targeted Victims

According to The Philippine Star, two Filipino seafarers tragically lost their lives, while two others sustained critical injuries during the attack. The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) confirmed the casualties, extending heartfelt condolences to the families affected by this devastating event. Out of respect for their privacy, authorities have withheld the identities of the victims.

Incident Overview

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The attack occurred on the True Confidence, a Barbados-flagged bulk carrier en route from China to Jeddah, transporting a cargo of steel. Among the vessel’s crew of 15 Filipino seafarers, four bore the brunt of the assault, highlighting the indiscriminate nature of the violence.

Swift action was taken by both the DMW and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in response to the crisis. Immediate support and assistance were offered to the affected seafarers and their families. Plans are underway to repatriate the remaining crew members and facilitate the necessary documentation processes for their well-being.

International Cooperation

International efforts were crucial in providing aid to the distressed crew members. The Indian Navy played a pivotal role in transporting the surviving Filipino sailors to Djibouti, where further assistance awaits them. Additionally, the Philippine embassy in Cairo is mobilizing a dedicated team to offer on-the-ground support and expedite document replacements for the affected seafarers.

Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri condemned the attack as an act of terrorism and emphasized the imperative of seeking justice for the victims. Zubiri urged swift action from the DMW, emphasizing the importance of repatriating the victims. He also stressed the need to ensure comprehensive support for those injured in the assault.

Global Ramifications

Confirmation from the US Central Command underscores the gravity of the situation, with the death toll rising to three, including the two Filipino victims. The Houthi rebels have vowed to continue their assaults amidst escalating tensions in the region. Their actions signal ongoing threats to maritime security in the area.

As investigations continue and international efforts intensify to support the affected seafarers, this tragic incident serves as a stark reminder of the perils faced by those navigating volatile waters. Ensuring the safety and security of seafarers remains paramount amidst turbulent geopolitical landscapes. The global community’s vigilance and concerted action contribute significantly to this endeavor.

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