Houthi Rebels Strike U.S.-Owned Ship in the Gulf of Aden
Houthi rebels launched a missile attack on a U.S.-owned ship in the Gulf of Aden, just off the coast of Yemen. This comes shortly after their previous attack on an American destroyer in the Red Sea. The attack adds to the growing tensions in the region caused by American-led strikes on the rebels. These attacks are affecting global shipping and the crucial energy and cargo shipments passing through the Suez Canal.
The Attack on the Gibraltar Eagle
The Gibraltar Eagle, a U.S.-owned ship, was hit by a missile fired by the Houthi rebels. The attack, though not claimed by the rebels, occurred southeast of Aden. The ship reported that it was hit from above by the missile. Despite the attack, the ship sustained limited damage and no injuries were reported. The vessel is owned by Eagle Bulk Shipping, based in Connecticut.
Continued Risk to Commercial Vessels
The U.S. Maritime Administration has issued a warning to commercial vessels, advising them to stay away from Yemen in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden due to the continued high risk. The advisory recommends that U.S. flag and U.S.-owned commercial vessels avoid the area until further notice.
The missile launch towards the American warship, the USS Laboon, marked the first acknowledged attack by the Houthis since the American-led strikes began. The missile was fired from Hodeida, a port city held by the rebels. While there were no injuries or damage reported, tensions in the region continue to rise.
Response and Impact
It is unclear if the U.S. will retaliate for these attacks, but President Joe Biden has stated that he will take further measures to protect American people and international commerce if necessary. The strikes on the rebels have already caused damage and casualties on their side. The attacks are also impacting shipping in the region, including for Qatar, a major natural gas supplier.
The Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen
The war in Yemen between the Saudi-led coalition and the Houthi rebels has resulted in a devastating humanitarian crisis. The conflict has caused the deaths of thousands of fighters and civilians and has created one of the worst humanitarian disasters in the world.
Source: AP News
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