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Yemen: five Houthi Red Sea strikes on UK, Israeli, and US ships.

By nr39r Apr18,2024

Five attacks in the last seventy-two hours in the Red Sea, according to a Houthi spokesman. The United States says that it has struck Yemen in two occasions that resulted in no damage or injuries.

As a show of solidarity for the Palestinians in the Gaza conflict, the Houthis launched missiles and drones at US, Israeli, and British ships on Sunday, according to a spokesman in Yemen. This was the most recent in a string of attacks on foreign shipping that had been going on for months.

The organization, which is affiliated with Iran, claimed to have launched five attacks in the last seventy-two hours against Israeli ships in the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean, as well as US and British frigates in the Red Sea.

A ship was targeted in the Gulf of Aden, some 102 nautical miles southwest of the Yemeni city of Mukalla, according to a report earlier this day from the British security company Ambrey.

Rather, a missile burst in the water close to a ship off the coast of Aden, according to the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations agency, without endangering the ship or its occupants.

The US destroys a missile launcher in Yemen and thwarts two attacks in the Red Sea.

The US Central Command (Centcom) verified that a coalition ship had found and destroyed an anti-ship missile, and that it had shot down an unmanned aircraft over the Red Sea. Additionally, Centcom said in the statement that it had taken down a surface-to-air missile system on Yemeni soil.

Due to the disruption caused by the Houthi attacks, maritime companies have had to reroute their cargo through the Suez Canal, which has resulted in increased costs and delivery times to Europe.

While the European Union formed its own Italian-led effort to preserve international trade, the United States and the United Kingdom launched a naval task force and commenced strikes against Houthi targets in Yemen.

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, the Iranian Foreign Ministry, visited Mohammed Abdulsalam, a representative of the Yemeni organization, on Sunday in Oman. The two said that Israel and the United Kingdom had collaborated with Israel during last Monday’s airstrike that resulted in the deaths of Iranian officials and soldiers in the Iranian consulate in Damascus.

As the Yemeni group continues to target ships in the Red Sea demanding an end to Israel’s war on Gaza, the Houthi group claims it shot down a US drone over its territory and struck a British cargo ship that is thought to have sustained serious damage.

The Houthi claims of assaults coincide with the US carrying out five strikes in Yemen late on Saturday night as part of Washington’s military effort following the disruption of international trade via the Red Sea caused by Houthi targeting of vessels connected to Israel. The US and UK ships are now targets of the Houthis’s intensified attacks after both nations initiated military operations against the war-torn Arab country.

After being the target of a military operation, the cargo ship Rubymar experienced “catastrophic damages and came to a complete halt,” according to Houthi military spokesman Yahya Saree in a televised speech on Monday.

The ship is currently in danger of sinking in the Gulf of Aden due to the significant damage it sustained. We ensured the safe evacuation of the ship’s personnel during the operation.

The Rubymar is a cargo ship that is operated by Lebanese nationals, registered in the UK, and flying the flag of Belize. It was attacked late on Sunday, according to British maritime security company Ambrey.

The event was also confirmed by the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO), who did not identify the ship. The incident occurred approximately 35 nautical miles (65 km) south of al-Makha (Mocha) in Yemen.

According to military sources, the crew has abandoned the ship. The statement read, “Vessel at anchor, crew members safe.” “Military officials are still present to offer support.”

Ambrey claimed on Monday that a different ship, a bulk carrier flying the Greek flag but owned by the US, had requested military support due to a “missile attack.” The incident occurred 100 nautical miles (185 km) off the coast of Yemen’s Aden, according to the UKMTO and both sources, and the crew of the vessel is safe.

A US-made MQ-9 Reaper attack drone that the Houthi military claimed to have shot down over Yemen was allegedly “carrying out hostile missions against our country on behalf of the Zionist entity.”

It had already downed the same drone, which is valued at over $30 million, multiple times, but it did not offer any proof.

The shooting down of a MQ-9 over the Red Sea was confirmed by the Pentagon in November. The Houthis, who took over Yemen’s north and capital city of Sanaa in 2014, are armed with surface-to-air missile systems that can take down the sophisticated drones.

The US recognized the Houthis, also known as Ansar Allah, as the perpetrators of a verified missile strike against a British oil tanker flying the Panamanian flag and transporting crude oil to India.

Since October, the organization backed by Iran has been interfering with traffic in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden along its beaches, ostensibly to help the Palestinian cause against Israel and its Western backers.

According to a military spokesman for the Houthis, the organization is unfazed and will keep with its strikes on Monday.

According to US Central Command (CENTCOM), it successfully attacked one surface drone, one underwater drone, and three mobile antiship cruise missiles. It said that this was the first time the Houthis had attempted to employ an unmanned underwater vehicle since the beginning of the conflict.

The statement read, “These steps will safeguard international waters for US Navy and merchant vessels, while also protecting freedom of navigation.”

Israel promises to continue its ground offensive into Rafah, the final sizable city in the enclave where 1.4 million Palestinians are seeking refuge. Israel’s war on Gaza, which has murdered over 29,000 Palestinians, the majority of whom were women and children, is not showing any signs of ending.

By nr39r

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