DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (NEWSnet/AP) — Yemen’s Houthi rebels on Tuesday targeted United States-flagged container ship in Gulf of Aden, officials said.

The ship’s captain reported an explosion in proximity to the vessel near the coast of Nishtun, Yemen, close to the country's border with Oman, United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations center said. Joint Maritime Information Center, overseen by the U.S. Navy, identified the ship as Maersk Sentosa.

The explosion took place in the farthest reaches of the waterway targeted previously by the rebels, the center said. It did not elaborate on what caused the explosion.

Late Tuesday, Houthis issued a broad claim of responsibility for three attacks, including the one involving Maersk Sentosa.

Since the latest assault, shipping or military authorities have not acknowledged additional attacks in the region.

The rebels have targeted more than 70 vessels by firing missiles and drones, killing four sailors.

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