Houthi rebels strike US-owned cargo ship

JERUSALEM — Houthi rebels fired a missile, putting a U.S.-owned ship Monday simply off the coast of Yemen within the Gulf of Aden, lower than a day after they launched an anti-ship cruise missile towards an American destroyer within the Red Sea.

The assault on the Gibraltar Eagle, later claimed by the Houthis, additional escalates tensions gripping the Red Sea after American-led strikes on the rebels. The Houthis’ assaults have roiled world delivery, amid Israel’s warfare with Hamas within the Gaza Strip, concentrating on an important hall linking Asian and Mideast power and cargo shipments to the Suez Canal onward to Europe.

The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations, which oversees Mideast waters, mentioned Monday’s assault occurred some 110 miles southeast of Aden. It mentioned the ship’s captain reported that the “port side of vessel hit from above by a missile.”

Private safety companies Ambrey and Dryad Global mentioned that the vessel was the Eagle Gibraltar, a Marshall Islands-flagged bulk provider. The U.S. navy’s Central Command later acknowledged the strike.

“The ship has reported no injuries or significant damage and is continuing its journey,” Central Command mentioned.

Houthi navy spokesman Brig. Gen. Yahya Saree claimed the assault in a recorded tv handle that aired Monday night time.

“The Yemeni armed forces consider all American and British ships and warships participating in the aggression against our country as hostile targets,” he mentioned.

The vessel is owned by Eagle Bulk Shipping, a Stamford, Connecticut-based agency traded on the New York Stock Exchange. In an announcement to the AP, the corporate acknowledged the strike and mentioned it brought about “limited damage to a cargo hold but (the ship) is stable and is heading out of the area.”

“All seafarers onboard the vessel are confirmed to be uninjured,” the agency mentioned. “The vessel is carrying a cargo of steel products. Eagle Bulk management is in close contact with all relevant authorities concerning this matter.”

Satellite-tracking information analyzed by the AP confirmed the Eagle Gibraltar had been certain for the Suez Canal, however quickly circled on the time of the assault.

Central Command mentioned it detected a separate anti-ship ballistic missile launch towards the southern Red Sea on Monday, although it “failed in flight and impacted on land in Yemen.”

The U.S. Maritime Administration, beneath the Transportation Department, additionally issued a warning Monday saying there continues to be “a high degree of risk to commercial vessels” touring close to Yemen.

“While the decision to transit remains at the discretion of individual vessels and companies, it is recommended that U.S. flag and U.S.-owned commercial vessels” avoid Yemen within the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden “until further notice,” the advisory mentioned.