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US military says Yemen’s Houthis struck US-owned ship with missile

Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi militia struck the US-owned and operated dry bulk ship Gibraltar Eagle with an anti-ship ballistic missile, the US Central Command said on Monday, although there were no reports of injuries or significant damage. The Houthis claimed responsibility for the attack. The Houthis “carried out a military operation targeting an American ship”, the Houthis’ military spokesman Yahya Saree said, adding “a certain number of appropriate naval missiles” were used. The vessel’s US-based operator Eagle Bulk Shipping said that it was hit by an “unidentified projectile” while sailing 100 miles off the Gulf of Aden and suffered limited damage to its cargo hold, and no seafarers were injured. “As a result of the impact, the vessel suffered limited damage to a cargo hold but is stable and is heading out of the area,” Eagle Bulk said in a statement, adding that it was carrying a cargo of steel products. The Houthis, who control most of Yemen’s Red Sea coast, have been attacking commercial ships in the area that they say are linked to Israel or bound for Israeli ports, in action they claim is aimed at supporting the Palestinians in the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. US and British forces responded last week by carrying out dozens of air and sea strikes on Houthi targets in Yemen. Earlier in the day British Maritime Security firm Ambrey said that a Marshall Islands-flagged, US-owned bulk carrier was reportedly struck by a missile while transiting near Yemen’s port of Aden. The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) agency said that a vessel was hit from above by a missile 95 nautical miles southeast of Aden, without identifying the vessel. alarabiya

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