US Ship Hit By Houthi Missile

US Ship Hit By Houthi Missile

( – Houthi terrorists in Yemen struck a vessel owned by a United States-based shipping firm while it was traveling in the Gulf of Aden on January 15, according to US Central Command. The attack comes amid a wave of Houthi attacks on ships near the coasts of Yemen, which the organization launched in response to international support for Israel in its conflict against Hamas.

Houthi militants, backed by Iran, struck the M/V Gibraltar Eagle with an anti-ship missile. The vessel is Marshall Islands-flagged but owned by a shipping firm based in Connecticut.

The attack occurred in the Gulf of Aden, approximately 110 miles southeast of the city of Aden, United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations said. The Gulf of Aden connects to the Red Sea, where other Houthi attacks on commercial vessels have occurred, through the Bab-el-Mandeb strait.

The statement said the ship sustained neither significant damage nor injuries to its crew and will continue its journey. The incident marks the 30th attack on a commercial vessel by the Houthis since November 19.

On January 16, the Houthis struck a Greek-owned ship in the Red Sea with missiles as well. The vessel received minor damage, but the crew was unharmed.

The US formed an international coalition to try and protect commercial vessels near Yemen from Houthi strikes. The US and UK also launched strikes on Houthi targets with the support of several other countries.

The US struck four Houthi anti-ship ballistic missile sites on January 16. The Houthis were preparing to use the missiles against ships in the region, one US official reportedly said. The US also announced on January 16 that it seized Iranian weapons being transported to the Houthis, including missile warheads and guidance systems. However, two Navy Seals were lost overboard during the mission.

The back-and-forth strikes mark an expansion of recent conflict in the Middle East, sparked by a Hamas attack on Israel on October 7. Nevertheless, the Biden administration has said that it remains committed to preventing further violence from breaking out across the region, while still protecting freedom of navigation.

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