Houthi Strike on Commercial Ship: Three Dead, Four Hurt

U.S. Central Command said in a statement that three crew members on a commercial vessel in the Gulf of Aden were killed by an anti-ship ballistic missile that was fired on Wednesday from Houthi-controlled territory in Yemen. Since the Houthi militants’ assault on international shipping channels started in mid-November, this was the first fatal attack by the group, which is supported by Iran. According to CENTCOM, it was the Houthis’ fifth such missile fired in the previous two days. Defense officials told VOA that the Houthi missile struck the bulk carrier True Confidence, which is owned by Liberia and flown under the flag of Barbados, setting the pilothouse on fire. The incident harmed four people, three of whom were critically injured, according to CENTCOM.

 

According to the Philippines, crew members from that country made up two of the dead and two of the injured in the attack on Thursday. According to one official, the USS Philippine Sea, an American guided-missile cruiser, was making an effort to support the rescue operations. He said that an Indian destroyer was the first to arrive on the spot to aid in the rescue. Since the middle of November, Houthi drones and missiles have damaged or destroyed over a dozen commercial ships. Among those ships were one carrying goods headed for Iran and another carrying grain on its way to Yemen as humanitarian relief. The MV Rubymar, one of the fertilizer-carrying ships, sank over the weekend following damage sustained in a Houthi raid last month.

 

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric stated on Wednesday, “We are seeing the risks caused to property, life, and the ecology in the area by these continued activities.” “We demand that the Houthis stop attacking any foreign shipping in the Red Sea. Since mid-January, a coalition of over two dozen nations, including the US and the UK, has been attempting to protect the area from Houthi strikes. The armed forces of the United States and the United Kingdom have conducted numerous joint operations against the Houthis. Additionally, the United States has executed almost daily strikes aimed at eliminating inbound Houthi missiles, drones, and weapons that were ready to be launched.

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