Houthis Attack Ship in Gulf of Aden and Launch Drone Assault on Southern Israel

Because of the Hutt's actions, many shipping companies decided to stop their voyages in the Red Sea

by Sededin Dedovic
Houthis Attack Ship in Gulf of Aden and Launch Drone Assault on Southern Israel
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The Yemeni Houthis have launched a new attack on a ship in the Gulf of Aden, the latest in a series of attacks on this crucial maritime trade route, the UK's Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) reported today. The ship's captain reported an explosion near the vessel off the coast of the Yemeni area of Nishtun, near the border with Oman, the statement said, as reported by AP.

The crew members of the ship, whose flag was not disclosed, were not injured. The UKMTO statement did not specify how the explosion occurred, though it is known that the Houthis use drones, rockets, and maritime drones. The Houthis claimed responsibility for three attacks the previous day.

During their campaign, the Yemeni Houthis have targeted more than 70 vessels with rockets and drones, killing four sailors in these attacks. Since November last year, they have seized one ship and sunk two others.

Yemens Houthi fighters takeover of the Galaxy Leader Cargo in the Red Sea coast off Hudaydah, on November 20, 2023 in the Red Se© Handout / Getty Images

In June, the number of Houthi attacks on merchant ships increased, reaching the highest level since December, according to the Maritime Information Center operating under the US Navy.

Since January, a series of US-led airstrikes against the Houthis has been conducted, with attacks on May 30 killing at least 16 and wounding 42 people, according to Yemeni Houthis. The Houthis claim they are targeting ships linked to Israel, the US, or the UK in support of the militant group Hamas in its war against Israel in the Gaza Strip.

Many of the attacked ships, however, have little or no connection to the Israel-Hamas war, and some of them were sailing for Iran, AP reports.

Strong US Attacks on Yemeni Island Last Weekend

Iran-backed Houthis announced that the United States (US) and the United Kingdom conducted an airstrike on Kamaran Island in the Red Sea, Anadolu reports.

"American and British fighter jets targeted Kamaran Island in the Red Sea," the Houthi-affiliated Al-Masirah television channel reported. Kamaran is the largest Yemeni island in the Red Sea and is located in the Al-Hudaydah province in the west of the country.

Supported by Iran, the Houthis have been seizing commercial ships near the Yemeni coast since October 31, 2023, claiming they are linked to Israeli companies in response to Israeli attacks in Gaza. Due to Houthi actions, many shipping companies have decided to suspend their voyages in the Red Sea.

The US announced that on December 18, 2023, a multinational "maritime task force" named "Operation Welfare Guardian" was formed against Houthi forces, involving a group of countries, citing the threat to global maritime trade security.

Direct Attacks on Israeli Territory

The group's military spokesman, Yahya Saree, said in a television statement that their armed forces, in cooperation with the Iraqi Islamic Resistance, carried out a military operation "against a vital target in Umm al-Rashrash, southern occupied Palestine," without specifying the target.

Brigadier General Saree confirmed that the operation was conducted with multiple drones and successfully achieved its goals. Saree confirmed the continuation of joint operations with the Iraqi Islamic Resistance movement in supporting and achieving the victory of the Palestinian people until the aggression and siege of that people in the Gaza Strip end.

Last Friday, Houthi leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi said that his group's operations supporting Gaza had disrupted nearly half of Israel's maritime traffic.

Houthi leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi© Guardian News / Youtube channel

In the same context, the Joint Maritime Information Center for the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden confirmed that the cargo ship Verbena, flying the flag of Palau, was towed out of the danger zone and is en route to its next port after being attacked by the Houthis on June 13.

The center stated that the ship was targeted with three projectiles while passing through the Gulf of Aden, 98 nautical miles east of the Yemeni city of Aden. The US Central Command stated that the ship was sunk after the crew was rescued and transported to safety, adding that one crew member was injured in the attack.

In solidarity with Gaza, facing a devastating Israeli war with US support, the Houthis are targeting Israeli cargo ships or others linked to them in the Red Sea, Arabian Sea, and Indian Ocean with missiles and drones. The Houthi rebels have promised to continue their attacks "until Israeli aggression stops." Their actions reflect the role of the Iranian-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah, which has been attacking Israeli positions on the Lebanese border in recent days, and Iraqi militias, which have previously attacked US targets in Iraq and Syria.

The Houthi rebels have demonstrated their missile and drone capabilities in the Yemen war by attacking Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, targeting oil facilities and vital infrastructure. Their arsenal also includes ballistic missiles and drones capable of reaching Israel, more than 1,600 kilometers from Sanaa.

Houthi rebels' Tofan, Borkan, and Quds missiles are modeled on Iranian weapons and, according to experts, can hit targets up to 2,000 kilometers away.