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RISING TENSIONS: U.S. Cargo Ship Struck By Missile Off Yemeni Coast


A U.S.-owned cargo ship was struck by a missile shot by Yemen on Monday.

U.S. officials are saying the Iran-back Houthi militants fired the rocket.

This is the latest case of rising tension between the U.S. and the Houthi militants in Yemen.

Just last week, the U.S. military fired missiles at the group in retaliation for attacks made in the Red Sea.

Read more from Fox News:

A U.S.-owned ship in the Gulf of Aden was hit by a missile fired from Yemen on Monday, U.S. officials said.

The U.S. Central Command identified the vessel as the M/V Gibraltar Eagle, a Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier. The ship is owned by Eagle Bulk, a Stamford, Connecticut-based shipping firm.

“On Jan. 15 at approximately 4 p.m. (Sanaa time), Iranian-backed Houthi militants fired an anti-ship ballistic missile from Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen and struck the M/V Gibraltar Eagle, a Marshall Islands-flagged, U.S.-owned and operated container ship,” U.S. Central Command said on X. According to the statement, there were no reported injuries or significant damage. The vessel is continuing its journey.

This is the 30th attack on commercial vessels by the Houthi’s since November 19th.

More from the Guardian:

US and British forces responded last week by carrying out dozens of air and sea strikes on Houthi targets in Yemen and have hit scores of targets.

Explosions were heard on Monday near Hodeidah airport in Yemen.

The Houthi attacks and western airstrikes have heightened fears that Israel’s war with the Palestinian militant group Hamas could engulf the wider region.

The Houthis’ chief negotiator said on Monday the group’s stance had not changed since the US-led airstrikes on its positions, and warned that attacks on ships headed to Israel would continue.

“Attacks to stop Israeli ships or those heading to the ports of the occupied Palestine will continue,” Mohammed Abdulsalam told Reuters. He said the group was still demanding an end of the war in Gaza, and humanitarian aid deliveries to the north and south of the Gaza Strip.



 

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