Houthis Attack 3 Ships Including One in Mediterranean Sea

Fri May 24 2024
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CAIRO: Yemen’s Houthis have carried out attacks on three ships in the Red Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Sea, said the military spokesman of the group Yahya Sarea on Friday.

The attacks are the latest in Houthis’ months-long campaign of strikes against regional shipping. The group says the attacks are to express solidarity with Palestinians fighting Israel in the Gaza war.

Sarea in a televised speech said the Houthi forces had targeted the Yannis ship in the Red Sea, MSC Alexandra in the Arabian Sea and the Essex in the Mediterranean Sea.

He said Houthis fired several missiles at the ship Essex in the Mediterranean Sea as it was violating the ban that prevents entry into occupied Palestinian ports.

He did not mention when the attacks took place.

Earlier this month, the leader of Houthis, Abdul Malik Al-Houthi had said that all ships going to Israeli ports would be attacked.

The Houthis have launched repeated missile and drone strikes on vessels in the crucial shipping channels of the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and the Bab Al-Mandab strait since November to express their support for the Palestinians in the Gaza war.

This has forced shippers to opt for longer and more expensive routes around southern Africa and has stoked fears that the Israel-Hamas war could spread and destabilize the region of Middle East.

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