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Ballistics used: Houthis increase their strikes in Red Sea

Ballistics used: Houthis increase their strikes in Red Sea Illustrative photo: Houthis increase their strikes in Red Sea (Getty Images)

Attacks from Yemen hit two Liberian-flagged ships. Some countries are considering stopping container shipping through the Red Sea, reports Reuters.

The drone attacked the Liberian-flagged ship "Al-Jasre". This caused a fire, which was later extinguished.

During the second attack, the Houthis fired two missiles at a Liberian-flagged ship. One of the missiles hit the ship and caused a fire. The American warship "Mason" responded to the ship's request.

Earlier in the day, the Houthis threatened to attack the northbound MSC Alanya in the southern Red Sea. They ordered the ship to turn around and head south. There were no American forces in the area, but they kept in touch with the ship and it continued north.

"No injuries were reported on any of the three ships attacked, but this latest wave of attacks is yet another demonstration of the enormous risk to international shipping posed by these Houthi actions," Central Command said.

According to the Houthis, both vessels were headed for Israel. The group said it wants to support the Palestinians as Israeli forces wage war against Iran-linked Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip.

According to the tracking servers, "Alania" and "Palatium III" had listed their destination Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.

"We will continue to prevent all ships from entering Israeli ports until the food and medicine that our people in Gaza need are delivered," the Houthis said in a statement.

According to Reuters, on Friday, the Danish shipping company AP Moller-Maersk suspended all container transportation through the Red Sea until further notice.

Houthi attacks on ships in the Red Sea

We previously reported that the Houthis struck a commercial tanker in the Red Sea, causing a fire and damage to the vessel.

The Yemeni Houthis have also announced that they will attack all ships heading to Israel.