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Yemen’s Houthis claim attack on Norwegian tanker STRINDA

A Yemeni Coast Guard boat sails near the Galaxy Leader commercial ship, seized by Yemen's Houthis last month, off the coast of al-Salif, Yemen, December 5, 2023. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi militia said on Tuesday it carried out a military operation against the Norwegian commercial tanker STRINDA in its latest operation to protest against Israel’s bombardment of Gaza. The group targeted the tanker with a rocket after the crew refused to respond to all warnings, Houthi military spokesperson Yehia Sareea said in a televised statement. He vowed that the Houthis would continue blocking ships heading to Israeli ports until Israel allows the entry of food and medical aid into the Gaza Strip – more than 1,000 miles from the Houthi seat of power in Sanaa. The attack on the tanker STRINDA took place about 60 nautical miles (111km) north of the Bab al-Mandab Strait connecting the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden at about 2100 GMT, a US official told Reuters. A second US official said the STRINDA was able to move under its own power in the hours after the attack. “There were no US ships in the vicinity at the time of the attack, but the [US Navy destroyer] USS MASON responded to the M/T STRINDA’s mayday call and is currently rendering assistance,” the US military’s Central Command, which oversees American forces in the Middle East, said in a statement posted on social media platform X. The attack caused a fire and damage but no casualties, the US military said in a statement. The Houthi spokesman said that the group had managed to obstruct the passage of several ships in recent days, acting in support of the Palestinians. The chemical tanker is now headed for a safe port, the ship’s Norwegian owner, Mowinckel Chemical Tankers, told Reuters. The STRINDA tanker’s crew of 22 from India are all unhurt, Mowinckel Chair Geir Belsnes said. The Houthis have waded into the Israel-Hamas conflict attacking vessels in vital shipping lanes and firing drones and missiles at Israel itself. On Saturday, the Houthis said they would target all ships head

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