Houthi’s Score Direct Hit on US Cargo Ship in Spite of Bombing Campaign

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An American-owned cargo ship was targeted by the IRAN-backed Houthis subsequent to a three-rocket barrage.

One of the missiles struck “from above” the port side of the vessel, while the other two were unable to penetrate the water.

The assault occurs hours after a cruise missile launched by the Houthi militants was intercepted by a United States warship.

US Centcom estimates that the three missiles were launched from near Hodeida, a long-held port city on the Red Sea, at approximately 4:00 p.m. Sanaa time.

Maritime risk agencies Ambrey and Dryad Global determined that the Eagle Gibraltar, a bulk carrier owned by the United States and flying the flag of the Marshall Islands, was the intended target.

The Eagle Gibraltar, according to satellite tracking data, was en route to the Suez Canal prior to the assault, but abruptly reversed course.

Despite this, there were no reported injuries, and the vessel will proceed with its voyage.

Although no group immediately claimed responsibility for the assault, Yemen’s Houthi rebels were suspected.

After the United States and British strikes, the Houthis, who control the capital Sanaa and a large portion of the west and north of Yemen, pledged to continue attacking in the Red Sea.

On Friday, the initial day of strikes commanded by the United States targeted over sixty-two targets and twenty-eight locations with cruise missiles and bombs discharged from submarines, fighter jets, and warships.

The Houthis have yet to respond to the extent of the damage caused by the strikes, which they claim resulted in the deaths of five of their soldiers and the injuries of six others.

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