Vessel Struck In Red Sea Involving Houthi Threats

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  • Vessel Struck in Red Sea.
  • The crew remained unharmed, and the vessel continued its journey.
  • Months of Houthi attacks have disrupted global shipping routes.

A merchant vessel sustained damage in a missile strike in the Red Sea off Yemen. The attack occurred west of the rebel-held port of Hodeidah. The crew remained unharmed, and the vessel continued its journey, reports Aljazeera.

Houthi Threats

The Iran-aligned Houthi rebels threatened to escalate attacks on shipping.

Houthi leader Abdul Malik al-Houthi vowed to target Israel-linked ships passing through the Indian Ocean.

The group aims to prevent these ships from reaching the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa.

Motives and Consequences

The attacks are framed as solidarity with Palestinians and opposition to Israel’s actions in Gaza.

Months of Houthi attacks have disrupted global shipping routes, leading to longer and costlier journeys.

Concerns arise about the potential spread of conflict and destabilization in the Middle East.

Previous Incidents

Earlier in March, a Houthi missile struck a commercial ship in the Gulf of Aden, resulting in casualties.

Another recent attack targeted a cargo ship carrying fertilizer, which later sank after drifting for days.

Casualties and Impact

About 34 Houthi members have been killed since the start of the attacks.

The assaults have raised the profile of the Houthis, a minority Shia Zaidi sect in Yemen.

The attacks on shipping have significant economic and security implications for global trade and regional stability.

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Source: Aljazeera