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Missile Strikes US-Owned Vessel Off Yemen In Gulf Of Aden

Missile Strikes US-Owned Vessel Off Yemen In Gulf Of Aden

US officials reported on Monday that a US-owned ship sailing in the Gulf of Aden was targeted by a missile launched from Yemen. The vessel, identified as the M/V Gibraltar Eagle, a bulk carrier flagged by the Marshall Islands, was attacked on Monday. Owned by Eagle Bulk, a shipping company based in Stamford, Connecticut, the ship reportedly sustained no injuries or significant damage.

According to the US Central Command, the incident occurred at approximately 4 pm (Sanaa time) when Iranian-backed Houthi militants fired an anti-ship ballistic missile from their controlled areas in Yemen. Despite the attack, the M/V Gibraltar Eagle continued its journey without interruption.

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Earlier in the day, around 2 pm (Sanaa time), US Forces detected another anti-ship ballistic missile aimed at the Southern Red Sea commercial shipping lanes. Fortunately, the missile malfunctioned in flight and landed on Yemeni soil, causing no injuries or damage.

As of now, no group has claimed responsibility for the missile strike, according to the Defence Department. The incident underscores the volatile maritime situation in the region and the potential threats faced by commercial shipping.

On January 12, the US and British militaries conducted airstrikes on more than a dozen sites used by the Houthis in Yemen. The US Air Force’s Mideast command reported striking over 60 targets at 16 sites in Yemen, including “command-and-control nodes, munitions depots, launching systems, production facilities, and air defense radar systems.” The recent missile attack on a US-owned ship in the Gulf of Aden adds to the ongoing tensions and security challenges in the region.