A Houthi military spokesman reiterated the threat that attacks from Yemen will persist until Israel stops its war in Gaza.
Houthi fighters fired on a ship they identified as owned by the United States while it was sailing in waters off Yemen.
The Iran-linked armed group said Monday that the Star Iris was hit with “several suitable naval missiles” in “precise and direct” attacks. The Houthis have attacked numerous ships in the Red Sea in recent months, disrupting the key trade route between Europe and Asia, and called for an end to the Israeli bombardment of Gaza.
Yahya Saree, the Houthi military spokesman, said the attack on the ship, owned by the Greece-based and US-listed Star Bulk Carriers Corp, occurred “in vindication of the oppressed Palestinian people, in support and solidarity with our brothers in the Gaza Strip.
UK Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) confirmed that a ship was attacked by two missiles at 00:35 GMT around 40 nautical miles (74 kilometres) south of al-Makha (Mocha) in Yemen.
“The crew are reported to be safe and the ship is heading to the next port of call,” he said, advising caution when transiting waters near Yemen.
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Saree also called the attack “retaliation for American-British aggression on our country.” In recent weeks, the United States and the United Kingdom have responded to continued attacks on shipping traffic by launching attacks on Houthi-controlled Yemeni territory.
However, the Houthis seem unfazed. The spokesman reiterated that the group intends to continue attacking ships in the Red Sea until the war ends.
The latest Houthi attack comes less than two days after the latest “self-defense strikes” by the US military, which has been attacking Yemen with munitions dropped from planes and warships near Yemen.
The US Central Command (CENTCOM) said on Sunday that its latest strikes the previous day had targeted two unmanned surface ships and three mobile anti-ship cruise missiles.