ua en ru

Third strike in two days: Houthis target another gas tanker in Red Sea

Third strike in two days: Houthis target another gas tanker in Red Sea Photo: Houthis attacked a tanker with liquefied gas in the Red Sea (Getty Images)

Houthis have shelled a tanker carrying liquefied petroleum gas under the flag of the Marshall Islands. The captain reported two explosions near the vessel as it sailed near the coastline of the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah, according to Reuters.

It is noted that this is the third attempted attack on a merchant ship in the last two days, which recently belonged to the United States.

According to the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations, the captain of the merchant vessel reported an explosion at a certain distance from the tanker's starboard side.

Houthi attacks

Since November 2023, Yemen's Houthis have regularly targeted commercial vessels in the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea with drones, cruise, and ballistic missiles. The first attacks began shortly after the start of the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

In response to numerous attacks, on January 12, the United States and the United Kingdom launched missile strikes on Houthi military targets in Yemen for the first time. Since then, the Western coalition has regularly targeted Houthi military objects in Yemen, but the terrorists continue to attack ships in the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea.

In particular, on March 12, the Italian destroyer Duilio shot two Houthi drones in the Red Sea as part of self-defense measures.

On the same day, the Houthis fired rockets at the container ship Pinocchio in the Red Sea. It was sailing under the flag of Liberia, owned by the registered in Singapore company OM-MAR 5 INC.

On March 14, the US military successfully detected and destroyed four drones and one surface-to-air missile launched by Yemen's Houthis.