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Yemen’s Houthis Claim Responsibility Of Missile Strike On US-Owned Ship

Houthi rebels in Yemen have fired a missile, striking a US-owned and operated container ship in the Gulf of Aden.

An anti-ship ballistic missile struck the Gilbraltar Eagle, the United States Central Command said, but suffered no significant damage, nor was anyone injured, and was continuing its trip.

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The Yemeni group confirmed their involved in a recorded television address that aired on television Monday night.

“The Yemeni armed forces consider all American and British ships and warships participating in the aggression against our country as hostile targets,” Houthi military spokesperson Brigadier General Yahya Saree said.

Before the Houthis their involvement, the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations said a vessel was hit about 95 nautical miles southeast of Aden.

British Maritime Security firm Ambrey said three missiles were reportedly launched by the Houthis; two not reaching the sea and the third hitting the ship.

Houthi’s strike is the latest of attacks escalating tensions in the Red Sea, most recently with the United States initiating strikes against the rebels.

The Houthis, also known as Ansar Allah (supporters of God), are an armed group with control of most of Yemen, including Sanaa, its capital.

The group rose to prominence in 2014, when it rebelled against Yemen’s government which was forced to step down and caused for a debilitating humanitarian crisis.

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