Yemen Strike Hits More Several More American Ships in Red Sea

( – On December 15th, near the Bab el-Mandeb Strait in the Red Sea, a cargo ship was hit by a ballistic missile launched by Houthi rebels in Yemen. This assault came only hours after another vessel was hit by an earlier strike, according to officials.

The Houthis are a Shiite Muslim political and religious group in Yemen that has received support from Iran. For more than ten years, the Houthis carried out brutal insurgencies against the government of Yemen, eventually culminating in the fall of that government in 2015.

Reports show that Iranian-backed Houthis increased their maritime campaign with missile attacks on Al Jasrah and the MSC Palatium III. From the Suez Canal to the Indian Ocean, the strikes threatened ships carrying goods and energy for Europe and Asia.

The Houthis said their assaults seek to stop Israel’s air-and-ground onslaught on Gaza in its battle with Hamas.

Houthi military spokesperson Brigadier General Yahya Saree took credit for Friday’s strikes and said that Yemeni troops would block ships to Israeli ports along the Red Sea until they provide food and medical for Gazans.

The attack set fire to the Liberian-flagged MSC Palatium III cargo ship, according to U.S. defense and private intelligence firm Ambrey. It was unclear whether anybody on board the vessel was wounded.

U.S. officials said two missiles were launched. One flew wide and splashed into the lake, while the other hit the Palatium. After the assault, the Palatium moved south.

Ambrey and the United Kingdom Marine Trade Operations (UKMTO) reported that unknown assailants attacked Navigation Maritime Bulgare’s Malta-flagged bulk vessel Ruen in the Arabian Sea off Socotra on December 14th. Bulgarian international Minister Maria Gabriel informed reporters the next day that all international partners and organizations they can rely on have been notified.

Somali pirates were instantly suspected of the attack.

EU anti-piracy forces in the area stated that Victoria, a Spanish frigate, was on its route to intercept the accused pirate-hijacked vessel.

Reports show A.P. Moller-Maersk, a shipping firm located in Denmark, has announced that it would temporarily suspend all container shipments over the Red Sea.

Reportedly, the US uses a variety of avenues to communicate with the Houthis, urging them to cease their assaults on Israeli and Red Sea ships.

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