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A missile strike from Yemen's Houthi rebels sets a cargo ship on fire in Gulf of Aden
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A missile strike from Yemen's Houthi rebels sets a cargo ship on fire in Gulf of Aden

2024-06-14 11:01 Last Updated At:11:10

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Yemen's Houthi rebels launched two anti-ship cruise missiles and struck a commercial ship Thursday in the Gulf of Aden off Yemen, setting it on fire and severely wounding one civilian mariner, authorities said.

The M/V Verbena was still ablaze and the mariner was flown by a U.S. helicopter based on the USS Philippine Sea to another nearby ship for medical treatment, the U.S. military's Central Command said.

In a statement, Central Command said the Verbena is a Palauan-flagged, Ukrainian-owned and Polish-operated bulk cargo carrier that had docked in Malaysia and was on its way to Italy carrying wood. “The M/V Verbena reported damage and subsequent fires on board. The crew continues to fight the fire,” the statement said.

The attack is the latest such assault in the Houthis' campaign over the Israel-Hamas war.

Earlier Thursday, the British military's United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations center said a vessel had been attacked and had caught fire. And the private security firm Ambrey said a merchant vessel made a radio distress call saying it had been struck by a missile.

The Houthis later claimed the attack on the Verbena, as well as attacks on two other ships in the Red Sea. Central Command said the Houthis had launched two ballistic missiles in the Red Sea that caused “no injuries or significant damage.”

The UKMTO said one vessel earlier missed by the Houthis was hit by a “third projectile” that caused “minor damage." The vessel was able to remain underway, it said.

The attack on the Verbena follows the Houthis launching a boat-borne bomb attack against a commercial ship in the Red Sea on Wednesday.

Central Command also said it destroyed a Houthi drone boat and two patrol boats in the Red Sea, as well as one airborne drone.

The Houthis, who seized Yemen’s capital nearly a decade ago and have been fighting a Saudi-led coalition since shortly after, have been targeting shipping throughout the Red Sea corridor.

They say the attacks are aimed at stopping the war and supporting the Palestinians, though the attacks often target vessels that have nothing to do with the conflict.

The war in Gaza has killed more than 36,000 Palestinians there, according to Gaza health officials, while hundreds of others have been killed in Israeli operations in the West Bank. It began after Hamas-led militants attacked Israel on Oct. 7, killing about 1,200 people and taking around 250 hostage.

The Houthis have launched more than 50 attacks on shipping, killed three sailors, seized one vessel and sunk another since November, according to the U.S. Maritime Administration. A U.S.-led airstrike campaign has targeted the Houthis since January, with a series of strikes May 30 killing at least 16 people and wounding 42 others, the rebels say.

Also Thursday, the Washington-based National Democratic Institute said three of its staff were detained by the Houthis earlier this month. Their detention comes as staff of United Nations agencies and those working for aid groups also have been detained in a widening crackdown by the rebels.

“This arbitrary and inhumane treatment of Yemeni citizens involved in humanitarian assistance, diplomacy, democracy and human rights, peacemaking and civil society development is entirely without foundation and must be ended immediately,” the institute said. It called for the “swift release by the Houthi regime of our staff, and of all individuals who have been unjustly detained.”

The institute is a democracy promotion organization that has worked in Yemen since 1993. It receives funding from the U.S. government and others.

Associated Press writer Lolita C. Baldor in Washington contributed to this report.

A fighter jet takes off from the USS aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower, also known as 'IKE', in the Red Sea, Tuesday, June 11, 2024. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

A fighter jet takes off from the USS aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower, also known as 'IKE', in the Red Sea, Tuesday, June 11, 2024. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

The USS aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower, also known as 'IKE', sails in the Red Sea on Wednesday, June 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

The USS aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower, also known as 'IKE', sails in the Red Sea on Wednesday, June 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

A fighter jet parks on the deck of the USS aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower, also known as 'IKE', in the Red Sea, Tuesday, June 11, 2024. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

A fighter jet parks on the deck of the USS aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower, also known as 'IKE', in the Red Sea, Tuesday, June 11, 2024. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

LONDON (AP) — Kate, the Princess of Wales, handed Carlos Alcaraz the champion's trophy after the Wimbledon men's final at the All England Club on Sunday in only her second public appearance since announcing she was diagnosed with cancer.

Kate, wife of heir to the throne Prince William, was greeted by a standing ovation when she arrived in the Royal Box at Centre Court to watch Alcaraz's victory over Novak Djokovic. After leaving the court following the trophy ceremony, the princess and Alcaraz had a conversation in a room inside the tournament's main stadium.

“You played so well,” Kate told him. “Enjoy the win.”

Earlier, Kate — wearing a purple dress, one of Wimbledon’s official colors — went from the stands down to the playing surface to present the trophies, part of her duties as patron of the All England Club, which hosts the annual tournament.

She shook hands with some of the ball kids who worked at the tournament, then exchanged words with both players and applauded for Alcaraz after giving him the winner's trophy for the second year in a row.

“It was, of course, a privilege to be in her presence again. I’ve said to her that it is very nice to see her in good health; she seems to be in good health," Djokovic said at his postmatch news conference. "That’s obviously very positive news for everyone in this country, but also for Wimbledon.”

Kate and her 9-year-old daughter, Princess Charlotte, got to the site of the grass-court Grand Slam tournament in southwest London in a motorcade about a half-hour before the final was scheduled to begin. They went to a terrace at the club that is connected to the main stadium by a pedestrian walkway and greeted several people, including 2021 U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu and other young British tennis players.

Also in the Royal Box for the final were Kate's sister, Pippa Matthews, actors Tom Cruise and Benedict Cumberbatch and several past Wimbledon champions, including Rod Laver, Andre Agassi and Stefan Edberg.

Since 2016, Kate has been the patron of the All England Club. She did not attend Saturday when Barbora Krejcikova defeated Jasmine Paolini for the women's title.

Kate revealed in March that she has an unspecified form of cancer and was undergoing chemotherapy. Her lone public appearance since then had been attending last month’s birthday parade for King Charles III. Before that event, she released a statement saying she was “making good progress” but still had “good days and bad days.”

Prince William has been a regular at Wimbledon finals but was not there Sunday. Instead, he planned to be in Germany to watch England face Spain in the final of the men’s soccer European Championship. He is the president of the English Football Association.

Queen Camilla, wife of King Charles III, visited Wimbledon on Wednesday.

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Kate, Princess of Wales and Princess Charlotte watch the men's singles final at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Kate, Princess of Wales and Princess Charlotte watch the men's singles final at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Kate, Princess of Wales reacts after presenting the trophy to Carlos Alcaraz of Spain after he defeated Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the men's singles final at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

Kate, Princess of Wales reacts after presenting the trophy to Carlos Alcaraz of Spain after he defeated Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the men's singles final at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

Novak Djokovic of Serbia receives his trophy from Kate, Princess of Wales following his loss to Carlos Alcaraz of Spain in the men's singles final at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

Novak Djokovic of Serbia receives his trophy from Kate, Princess of Wales following his loss to Carlos Alcaraz of Spain in the men's singles final at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

Britain's Kate, the Princess of Wales and Princess Charlotte sit in the royal box to watch the men's singles final between Carlos Alcaraz of Spain and Novak Djokovic of Serbia, at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (Mike Egerton/PA via AP)

Britain's Kate, the Princess of Wales and Princess Charlotte sit in the royal box to watch the men's singles final between Carlos Alcaraz of Spain and Novak Djokovic of Serbia, at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (Mike Egerton/PA via AP)

Kate, Princess of Wales waves as she arrives on Centre Court ahead of the men's singles final at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Kate, Princess of Wales waves as she arrives on Centre Court ahead of the men's singles final at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Carlos Alcaraz of Spain meets Princess Charlotte with Kate, Princess of Wales following his win in the men's singles final over Novak Djokovic at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (Andrew Parsons/AELTC/Pool Photo via AP)

Carlos Alcaraz of Spain meets Princess Charlotte with Kate, Princess of Wales following his win in the men's singles final over Novak Djokovic at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (Andrew Parsons/AELTC/Pool Photo via AP)

Britain's Princess Charlotte watches the trophy ceremony after the men's singles final between Carlos Alcaraz of Spain and Novak Djokovic of Serbia, at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (Mike Egerton/PA via AP)

Britain's Princess Charlotte watches the trophy ceremony after the men's singles final between Carlos Alcaraz of Spain and Novak Djokovic of Serbia, at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (Mike Egerton/PA via AP)

Kate, Princess of Wales meets ground staff ahead of the trophy presentation for the men's singles final at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Kate, Princess of Wales meets ground staff ahead of the trophy presentation for the men's singles final at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Carlos Alcaraz of Spain bows as he waits to receive his trophy from Kate, Princess of Wales after defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the men's singles final at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

Carlos Alcaraz of Spain bows as he waits to receive his trophy from Kate, Princess of Wales after defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the men's singles final at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

The Princess of Wales presents Carlos Alcaraz with The Gentlemen's Singles Trophy after victory over Novak Djokovic in the men's singles final at the Wimbledon tennis championships in, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (John Walton/PA via AP)

The Princess of Wales presents Carlos Alcaraz with The Gentlemen's Singles Trophy after victory over Novak Djokovic in the men's singles final at the Wimbledon tennis championships in, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (John Walton/PA via AP)

The Princess of Wales presents Novak Djokovic with his runners up plate following defeat the men's singles final at the Wimbledon tennis championships in, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (John Walton/PA via AP)

The Princess of Wales presents Novak Djokovic with his runners up plate following defeat the men's singles final at the Wimbledon tennis championships in, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (John Walton/PA via AP)

Benedict Cumberbatch, with Shoppe Hunter in the Royal Box ahead of the men's singles final match at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)

Benedict Cumberbatch, with Shoppe Hunter in the Royal Box ahead of the men's singles final match at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)

Tom Cruise, left, speaks to Benedict Cumberbatch, right, and Shoppe Hunter in the Royal Box ahead of the men's singles final match at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)

Tom Cruise, left, speaks to Benedict Cumberbatch, right, and Shoppe Hunter in the Royal Box ahead of the men's singles final match at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)

Tom Cruise, centre, stands with Benedict Cumberbatch, right, and Sophie Hunter, left, as he arrives on Centre Court ahead of the men's singles final at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Tom Cruise, centre, stands with Benedict Cumberbatch, right, and Sophie Hunter, left, as he arrives on Centre Court ahead of the men's singles final at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Kate, Princess of Wales waves to the crowd from the Royal Box, with her daughter Princess Charlotte, and her sister Pippa Matthews, left, looks on ahead of the men's singles final at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)

Kate, Princess of Wales waves to the crowd from the Royal Box, with her daughter Princess Charlotte, and her sister Pippa Matthews, left, looks on ahead of the men's singles final at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)

Kate, Princess of Wales meets a ball boy after the men's singles final at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

Kate, Princess of Wales meets a ball boy after the men's singles final at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

Carlos Alcaraz of Spain receives his trophy from Kate, Princess of Wales after defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the men's singles final at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Carlos Alcaraz of Spain receives his trophy from Kate, Princess of Wales after defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the men's singles final at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Kate, Princess of Wales waves as she makes her way to Center Court ahead of the men's singles final at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, July 14, 2024.(AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

Kate, Princess of Wales waves as she makes her way to Center Court ahead of the men's singles final at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, July 14, 2024.(AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

Britain's Kate, the Princess of Wales and Princess Charlotte arrive to attend the men's singles final match, at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (Aaron Chown/Pool Photo via AP)

Britain's Kate, the Princess of Wales and Princess Charlotte arrive to attend the men's singles final match, at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (Aaron Chown/Pool Photo via AP)

Kate, Princess of Wales waves as she makes her way to Center Court ahead of the men's singles final at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

Kate, Princess of Wales waves as she makes her way to Center Court ahead of the men's singles final at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

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