Yemeni Shiite Houthi rebels attacked a US ship and another from the United Kingdom with missiles, “with direct impact”, in the Red Sea, in retaliation for the bombing of these two countries against this pro- Iranian group to ensure the navigation of that. Seaway.
The Houthi military spokesman, Yehya Sarea, said on Tuesday in a statement that the two ships were “the American ship ‘Star Nasia’ and the British ‘Morning Tide'”, which were “attacked by the appropriate sea missile” and assured that “the effects are precise and direct”, which was not confirmed by American or British sources.
In his new statement, the Houthi spokesman did not lower the threatening tone towards the Red Sea navigation, while repeating that the attacks “will continue in response to the oppression of the Palestinian people and the American-British aggression against our country.”
“The Yemeni armed forces (as the Houthis define themselves) will conduct higher-quality military operations against all hostile American and British targets in the Red and Arabian Seas,” he said. .
These attacks, he declared, “are framed within the legitimate right to respond to aggression and to protect the beloved Yemen and its people in the struggle.”
Similarly, he insisted that the Houthis “will continue their military operations (…) against Israeli ships or those approaching the ports of occupied Palestine until the siege is lifted and the aggression against the Palestinians is people of the Gaza Strip”.
The new statement from the Houthis, who control large regions of northern and western Yemen since they took up arms in 2014 against Yemen’s internationally recognized government, comes hours after the British navy reported attack on a merchant ship, believed to be British. , in the Red Sea.
The Maritime Commercial Operations (UKMTO) of the British Navy said in its X account on Tuesday that it “received a report of an incident 57 nautical miles west of Al Hodeida,” a port city on the Red Sea coast, and he emphasized that the attack left little damage, with no victims.
He noted that “the captain (of the ship) noticed a small boat on her side. The captain stated that a projectile had been fired from his ship on the port side past the deck, causing slight damage to the windows on the bridge.”
The UKMTO did not release details about the nationality of the attacked ship, although various media citing the British maritime security company Ambrey assured that it was a British merchant ship.
The increase in tension in the Red Sea coincided with the presence in the region of the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, who visited Saudi Arabia on Monday and is expected in Cairo today, within the framework of his fifth tour of the Middle East to to ensure a truce and the release of hostages in the Gaza Strip, as well as to try to prevent the expansion of the conflict in the region.