DUBAI (Reuters) -Iran’s Alborz warship has entered the Pink Sea, the semi-official Tasnim information company reported on Monday, at a time of hovering tensions on the important thing transport route amid the Israel-Hamas warfare and assaults on vessels by forces allied to Tehran.

Tasnim didn’t give particulars of the Alborz’s mission however stated Iranian warships had been working in open waters to safe transport routes, fight piracy and perform different duties since 2009.

Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthis have been focusing on vessels within the Pink Sea since November to point out their help for the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas in its warfare with Israel.

In response, many main transport corporations have switched to the longer and extra expensive route across the Africa’s Cape of Good Hope slightly than move via the Suez Canal, which handles about 12% of world commerce.

The Alborz warship entered the Pink Sea through the Bab al-Mandab Strait, Tasnim stated, with out saying when. There have been unconfirmed studies on social media it arrived late on Saturday.

The Alvand class destroyer had been part of the Iranian navy’s thirty fourth fleet, alongside the Bushehr help vessel, and patrolled the Gulf of Aden, the north of the Indian Ocean and the Bab Al-Mandab Strait way back to 2015, based on Iran’s Press TV.

The U.S. Fifth Fleet stated it couldn’t converse for the Iranian Navy or touch upon the unconfirmed studies of the Iranian vessel’s actions.

Houthi militants attacked a Maersk container vessel with missiles and small boats on Saturday and Sunday, prompting the corporate to pause all crusing via the Pink Sea for 48 hours.

The top of Iran’s Navy, Shahram Irani, was quoted in Iranian media on Dec. 2 saying that the Alborz was finishing up missions within the Pink Sea.

Iran’s Defence Minister, Mohammad Reza Ashtiani, stated on Dec. 14 in reference to the Pink Sea that “no person could make a transfer in a area the place we’ve got predominance”.

(Reporting by Elwely Elwelly; Writing by Nadine Awadalla; Modifying by Alison Williams, Andrew Heavens and Jan Harvey)

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