Yemen’s Houthis Target Cargo Ship in Red Sea – Latest News | World News

Feb 12, 2024



Dubai: Yemen's Iran-aligned The Houthis said on Monday that they had targeted a cargo ship In the Red SeaThis is the latest attack since the start of the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza.
Houthis The ship was identified as the Star Iris. The group's military spokesman Yahya Sari said in a televised statement that the ship was American, but maritime-shipping trackers said the Marshall Islands-flagged vessel was Greek-owned.
British maritime security firm Embrey and the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) agency said earlier on Monday that Marshall Islands-flagged, Greece-owned bulk carriers were targeted by missiles in two incidents while passing through the Bab al-Mandab Strait. Was. ,
Embrey said the bulker was reportedly hit and its starboard side was damaged.
Houthi militants in Yemen control the most populous areas of the country, and have been repeatedly launching drones and missiles against international commercial shipping since mid-November.
They say the attacks are a response to Israel's military actions in Gaza and are carried out in sympathy for the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.
The attacks have prompted many companies to halt trips to the Red Sea and choose a longer and more expensive route around Africa.
Embrey said the carrier had spotted a projectile near the ship, 23 nautical miles (43 km) northeast of Khor Angar, Djibouti, and 40 nautical miles southwest of Yemen's Red Sea port city of Mokha.
Ambre said the bulker was reportedly headed towards the Iranian city of Bandar Imam Khomeini.
“The group's owners and operators regularly trade bulk cargo with Iran, so it was considered a potential destination,” the firm said.
Embrey said the group owner of Bulker, listed on the US stock market index NASDAQ, was identified as a possible reason for the attack.
UKMTO said early Monday it had received reports of an incident 40 nautical miles (74 km) south of Mokha, where the ship reported it was attacked by two missiles.
The UKMTO said the crew were unharmed and the ship was heading towards its next port.



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