Greek Vessel Struck By Houthi Missile In Red Sea

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Yemen’s Houthi rebels have targeted a Greek-owned bulk carrier, sailing from Vietnam to Israel in the Red Sea. The Iranian-backed group claims a successful naval missile strike, causing minor damage to the vessel, says an article published on bbc news website.

Summary

  • Yemen’s Houthi rebels targeted a Greek-owned bulk carrier sailing from Vietnam to Israel in the Red Sea. The Iranian-backed group claims a successful naval missile strike, causing minor damage to the vessel.
  • The US military seized Iranian-supplied weapons intended for the Houthi rebels. The confiscated materials included components for ballistic and cruise missiles, warheads, guidance systems, and air defense equipment.
  • Following the Houthi attacks on shipping in the Red Sea, the US and UK conducted airstrikes on numerous Houthi targets, including the destruction of four anti-ship ballistic missiles ready for launch.
  • The Houthi rebels claim to be targeting vessels connected to Israel or heading to Israeli ports, attributing their actions to Israel’s military operations in Gaza. However, several of the attacked ships have no discernible ties to Israel.

US Military Seizes Iranian-Supplied Weapons Bound For Houthis

In a recent operation, the US military announced the seizure of Iranian-supplied weapons intended for the Houthi rebels. The confiscated materials, found on a sailboat, included components for ballistic and cruise missiles, warheads, guidance systems, and air defense equipment.

Continued US Strikes In Houthi-Controlled Areas

Following the Houthi attacks on shipping in the Red Sea, the US and UK conducted airstrikes on numerous Houthi targets. A recent development includes the destruction of four anti-ship ballistic missiles ready for launch in Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen.

Houthis Target Vessels Amidst Rising Tensions

The Houthi rebels claim to be targeting vessels connected to Israel or heading to Israeli ports, attributing their actions to Israel’s military operations in Gaza. Despite this, several of the attacked ships have no discernible ties to Israel.

Escalation of Attacks And Global Response

The Red Sea attacks have prompted global concerns, leading shipping lines to divert around the Cape of Good Hope. Shell, a major British oil company, has suspended all Red Sea shipments indefinitely. The US has also reported the shooting down of a missile aimed at one of its warships and a Houthi ballistic missile strike on a US-owned cargo ship in the Gulf of Aden.

US Seeks To Ease Tensions Amidst Ongoing Strikes

While the US asserts its commitment to easing tensions in the Middle East, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan acknowledges the dependence on Iran’s role and support for the Houthi militants. The US emphasizes a strategy of deterrence and diplomacy to create conditions for de-escalation.

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Source: bbc.com

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