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Houthi Attacks on Shipping in Red Sea Continue

Houthi Attacks on Shipping in Red Sea Continue

A cargo ship, the Lycavitos, was attacked by Houthi missiles on Thursday while transiting the Gulf of Aden, sustaining minor damage but causing no injuries to the crew. The incident highlights the ongoing security concerns in the region despite recent efforts to counter Houthi activity.

The 58,800-ton bulker, operated by Greek shipping company Helikon Shipping Enterprises, was targeted approximately 85 nautical miles east of the Yemeni port city of Aden. The Houthis claimed responsibility for the attack, stating it was in response to “American-British aggression” against Yemen and in support of the Palestinian people.

While reports indicate the damage to the Lycavitos was limited to a diesel generator pipe, the incident raises concerns about the safety of maritime traffic in the region. The attack comes just weeks after US and UK forces intercepted a vessel carrying weapons believed to be destined for the Houthis, raising tensions in the area.

“The current attack had minimal impact on the vessel and crew,” said Corey Ranslem, CEO of Dryad Global, a maritime security firm. “However, it highlights the continued threat posed by the Houthis, even as their capabilities appear to be declining.”

Despite recent successes in countering Houthi activity, experts warn that the situation in Yemen remains volatile. General Michael Erik Kurilla, Commander of US Central Command, emphasized that “Iran’s continued supply of weapons to the Houthis is a direct violation of international law and threatens regional stability.”

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The Lycavitos attack underscores the need for continued international efforts to address the conflict in Yemen and ensure the safety of maritime traffic in the strategic Gulf of Aden and Red Sea region.

MMJ News Desk
Author: MMJ News Desk

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