Yemen’s Houthi militants strike U.S.-owned ship Gibraltar Eagle | EUROtoday

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A ballistic missile fired by Houthi militants struck a U.S.-owned container ship off the coast of Yemen on Monday, U.S. Central Command mentioned in a press release. There have been no accidents and no “significant damage” to the ship, which was persevering with its journey, in keeping with the assertion.

The strike on the ship, the M/V Gibraltar Eagle, occurred two hours after one other ballistic missile fired towards the southern Red Sea “failed in flight” and missed its goal, the assertion mentioned.

U.S.-led coalition strikes Iran-aligned Houthi militants in Yemen

The twin assaults confirmed the Houthis’ intention and obvious skill to proceed their assaults on industrial transport, days after the United States and Britain started conducting airstrikes in opposition to the group geared toward deterring the maritime assaults. Using missiles and drones, the Yemeni militants have carried out greater than two dozen assaults within the Red Sea for the reason that starting of November.

The Red Sea, which connects to the Mediterranean by means of the Suez Canal, is without doubt one of the world’s most necessary transport routes. About 12 % of all world commerce passes by means of the Red Sea and Suez Canal, in keeping with the U.S. Naval Institute.

The Houthis have managed a big swath of Yemen since deposing the central authorities in 2014. The group has mentioned its assaults within the Red Sea are geared toward ending Israel’s siege and offensive within the Gaza Strip.

A Houthi army spokesman, Yayha Saree, confirmed in a press release late Monday that the group had focused an “American ship in the Gulf of Aden” with missiles.

“We consider all American and British ships and warships participating in the aggression against our country as hostile targets,” he mentioned. The Houthis would proceed maritime assaults “until the aggression stops and the siege on Gaza is lifted,” he mentioned, including that any additional assaults on Yemen by the United States and Britain “will not remain without response and punishment.”

Eagle Bulk Shipping, the operator of the M/V Gibraltar Eagle, confirmed in a press release that the ship was hit by an unidentified projectile whereas crusing about 100 miles offshore within the Gulf of Aden.

There was “limited damage” to a cargo maintain however no accidents, the corporate mentioned. The ship was carrying metal merchandise, the assertion mentioned.

Monday’s assaults highlighted the problem going through the Biden administration and its worldwide companions after vowing to carry the Houthis in addition to Iran, the group’s predominant backer, accountable for a steep rise in assaults which have disrupted industrial transport within the Red Sea.

In Yemen’s Houthis, U.S. and Britain face a prepared, war-tested foe

Experts on the Houthis say they’re unlikely to be deterred. The group survived after preventing a number of wars in opposition to Yemen’s central authorities within the early 2000s and absorbed years of airstrikes by a Saudi-led coalition during the last decade throughout Yemen’s persevering with civil battle, rising stronger than earlier than.

The Houthi assaults, and the joint U.S.-British response, have intensified fears that Israel’s struggle in Gaza will additional unfold past the besieged Palestinian enclave and engulf the area in violence.

Senior U.S. officers overtly blame Tehran for having “aided and abetted” the disaster, saying the Houthis could be incapable of threatening the transport route if not for Iran’s technological and intelligence assist. On Thursday, U.S. and British forces struck quite a few websites in Yemen that officers mentioned have been utilized by the Houthis to stage their assaults.

The operation focused radar stations, missile launch websites and weapons storage amenities, the Pentagon mentioned. A prime U.S. normal indicated later that the group would most likely stay a menace.