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Houthis launched missile attacks on an American ship in Red Sea

Houthis launched missile attacks on an American ship in Red Sea Houthis attacked a U.S. ship in the Red Sea with missiles (photo: Getty Images)

Yemeni Houthi rebels have launched ballistic missiles at the American vessel Chem Ranger. This marks the third terrorist attack on a commercial ship in the Red Sea in the last three days, according to CENTCOM.

The U.S. Central Command reports that on the evening of January 18, Iran-backed Houthi rebels launched two anti-ship ballistic missiles at the vessel Chem Ranger, flying the flag of the Marshall Islands, which is owned by the United States and operated by Greece.

This is claimed to be the third terrorist attack by the Houthi insurgents on a commercial ship within three days. The crew observed the missiles impacting the water near the ship. There have been no reports of casualties or damage to the vessel.

What proceeded this

Since November 2023, Yemeni Houthi rebels have been periodically attacking trade vessels in the Red Sea using drones, as well as ballistic or cruise missiles. The initial attacks coincided with the onset of the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

As of January 12, in response to these attacks, the United States and Britain launched missile strikes on Houthi-associated targets in Yemen. Explosions were reported throughout the country. However, the Houthi rebels persisted in targeting ships near the Yemeni coastline.

On January 17, the United States designated the Houthi rebels as part of the world's terrorist organizations and conducted additional strikes on their facilities the following day.