In response to the recent assault on a Japanese-owned tanker, the Indian Navy has stationed missile destroyers throughout the Arabian Sea. The incident involving the MV Chem Pluto took place about 200 nautical miles off the Indian coast on Saturday.
According to a CNBC-TV18 report on Tuesday, the US alleges that the strike originated from Iran, a claim that Tehran refutes. The Houthis, backed by Iran, have threatened to target vessels related to Israel or shipping goods to the country.
Former ambassador KC Singh opines that it is unlikely for Iran to directly assault an Indian ship, considering the involvement of its proxies, the Houthis. AJ Singh from the Indian Maritime Foundation expressed serious concern over the drone attack near India’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), emphasizing the need for vigilance to prevent maritime conflicts.
Despite attempts by the US, France, and Italy to counter the Houthi threat to maritime shipping in the Red Sea, efforts have been largely unsuccessful as both European nations have withdrawn. The Director General of IFEO, Ajay Sahai, warned that such sea attacks could heavily impact global trade, leading to freight hikes and increased voyage times if alternative routes are adopted.
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