Houthis Target Container Ship In Missile Attack

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  • Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels have resumed attacks on Red Sea shipping, targeting a commercial vessel and other ships in recent incidents. The rebels launched missiles and drones at the ships.
  • The attacks, part of a series of incidents since November, have raised concerns about the safety of shipping routes in the region.
  • The Houthis claim solidarity with Palestinians during the Israel-Hamas conflict and vow to continue attacks until Israel stops its actions in Gaza.

The Yemen-based Houthi militant group fired three ballistic missiles at a container ship in the Red Sea, reports the Economic Times.

Houthis target container ships

The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations agency said an explosion hit close to the ship, causing some damage, but that the ship was safe and heading to its next port of call.

Private security firm Ambrey said the ship was traveling from Djibouti to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and that it was targeted “due to its listed operator’s ongoing trade with Israel.”

The Houthis have conducted attacks since November in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden in what they say is solidarity with the Palestinians in Gaza amid the war between Israel and Hamas.

CENTCOM also said Monday it destroyed a Houthi aerial drone that was flying toward a U.S. Navy destroyer and a U.S. Navy cruiser in the Red Sea.

It was determined the UAV presented an imminent threat to U.S., coalition, and merchant vessels in the region,” CENTCOM said in a statement.

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Source: The Economic Times