Five missiles land near ship in the Red Sea in potential Houthi attack

Five missiles land near ship in the Red Sea in potential Houthi attack
UKMTO said on Friday a ship captain reported that five missiles had landed close to his vessel in the Red Sea.
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Yemenis loyal to the Houthi group continue demonstrating to show solidarity with the Palestinian people, while the group's military wing continues missile and drone attacks targeting Israel-linked vessels in response to the Israeli war on Gaza [Getty]

A ship traveling through the Red Sea came under repeated missile fire Friday in a likely attack launched by Yemen's Houthis, authorities said, the latest targeting the crucial maritime route.

Five missiles landed near the vessel as it traveled off the coast of the port city of Hodeida in Yemen, the British military's United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations center said.

The missiles landed near the vessel, but caused no damage, the UKTMO added.

The Houthis did not immediately claim the attack. However, it can take them hours or even days before they acknowledge an assault.

The rebels have targeted more than 60 vessels by firing missiles and drones in their campaign that has killed a total of four sailors.

They seized one vessel and sank two since November. A US-led airstrike campaign has targeted the Houthis since January, with a series of strikes on May 30 killing at least 16 people and wounding 42 others, the rebels say.

The Houthis maintain that their attacks target ships linked to Israel, the United States or Britain.

However, many of the ships attacked have little or no connection to the Gaza war — including some bound for Iran.

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Late on Tuesday, Houthi military spokesman Brig. Gen. Yahya Saree said the group was responsible for an attack Monday on the Liberian-flagged, Greek-managed container ship MSC Sarah V.

On Wednesday, the Houthis claimed they used a new hypersonic ballistic missile in the assault, which targeted a ship farther away than nearly all of the previous assaults they’ve launched in the Gulf of Aden.

The US military’s Central Command also said it destroyed a Houthi radar site. Another attack Wednesday in the Gulf of Aden was suspected to have been carried out by the Houthis, though they have yet to claim it.

A Houthi attack also happened Thursday in the Red Sea .