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US military verified Houthi missile attacks on two vessels in the Gulf of Aden

In the past 24 hours, U.S. Central Command reported that Yemen’s Houthi rebels launched missile strikes on two commercial ships in the Gulf of Aden.

The targeted vessels were the Tavvishi, a container ship flying the Liberian flag and owned by a Swiss company, and the Norderney, a cargo ship owned by a German company and flagged in Antigua and Barbuda. While both ships sustained damage from the attacks, fortunately, no crew members were injured.

The Houthi militants claimed responsibility for the assaults, boasting that they successfully hit both vessels and even set the Norderney ablaze. These acts of aggression are part of the Houthis’ ongoing campaign against international maritime traffic.

Their actions have raised concerns and led to responses from the United States and Britain, who have conducted strikes against Houthi targets in retaliation.

Furthermore, CENTCOM reported additional military action, including the destruction of an unmanned aerial system and the interception of two land attack cruise missiles and a missile launcher within Houthi-controlled territories in Yemen. These measures underscore the escalating tensions and the broader conflict dynamics in the region.

The attacks on the commercial ships come amidst a backdrop of heightened instability and insecurity in Yemen, where the Houthi rebels control significant swathes of territory. The conflict in Yemen has not only led to widespread humanitarian suffering but has also disrupted global shipping routes, forcing vessels to navigate alternative paths to avoid the area.

These recent incidents highlight the urgent need for diplomatic efforts to de-escalate tensions and find a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Yemen.

The international community, including regional powers and global stakeholders, must work together to address the root causes of the conflict and alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people.

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