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Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) stand watch in the ship’s Combat Information Center during an operation to defeat a combination of Houthi missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles, Oct. 19. U.S. Navy Photo

Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) stand watch in the ship’s Combat Information Center during an operation to defeat a combination of Houthi missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles, Oct. 19, 2023. U.S. Navy Photo

Houthis Claiming New Attack in Gulf of Aden

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January 31, 2024
Reuters

CAIRO, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Yemen’s Houthis on Wednesday said their naval forces carried out an operation targeting an “American merchant ship” in the Gulf of Aden hours after firing missiles at U.S. Navy destroyer Gravely.

They targeted the “American merchant ship KOI … with several appropriate naval missiles,” Houthi military spokesperson Yahya Sarea said in a statement.

The Liberian-flagged container ship KOI is operated by UK-based Oceonix Services. The company’s fleet includes the oil tanker Marlin Luanda, which was damaged by a missile on Saturday, shipping data showed.

British maritime security firm Ambrey on Wednesday said that a merchant vessel reported an explosion on its starboard after it was targeted with a missile while underway 69 nautical miles southwest of Aden, Yemen.

“Ambrey was aware that a missile was fired from Dimnat Khadir District, Taiz Governorate, Yemen,” it added in an advisory note.

Ambrey, however, did not mention whether this vessel was the Koi.

USS Carney Shoots Down Missile

The Iran-aligned Houthi militants, who control the most populous parts of Yemen, have launched wave after wave of exploding drones and missiles at commercial vessels since Nov. 19, in what they say is a response to Israel’s military operations in Gaza.

The Houthi campaign has disrupted international shipping, causing some companies to suspend transits through the Red Sea and instead take the much longer, costlier journey around Africa.

The U.S. and Britain have launched strikes on Houthi targets in Yemen, and returned the militia to a list of terrorist groups as turmoil from the Israel-Hamas war spreads through the region.

(Reporting by Enas Alashray; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

(c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2024.

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