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DUBAI: Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi claimed responsibility for a missile attack on Tuesday on a container ship in the Red Sea and for an attempt to attack Israel with drones.

MSC Mediterranean Shipping said there were no injuries to its crew from the attack on its ship, the United VIII, en route from Saudi Arabia to Pakistan.

It said the ship had informed a nearby coalition naval warship that it had come under attack and had taken evasive manoeuvres. Israel said separately that its aircraft had intercepted a hostile aerial target in the Red Sea area.

Houthi military spokesman Yahya Sarea in a televised address said the group had targeted the vessel, which he identified as the MSC United, after the crew failed to respond to warnings. He also said the Houthis had carried out a military operation targeting Eilat and other areas in Israel, which he referred to as occupied Palestine.

He did not say whether any of the targets were successfully hit.

US fighter jets, a navy destroyer and other assets shot down in the Red Sea 12 drones, three anti-ship ballistic missiles, and two cruise missiles fired by the Houthis, US Central Command said.

There was no damage to ships and no reported injuries, it wrote on social media platform X.

The Houthis, who control much of Yemen including the capital, have since October attacked commercial vessels in the Red Sea they say have Israeli links or are sailing to Israel, in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza.

Israel army chief says war with Hamas will last ‘many more months’

Britain’s United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations Authority earlier reported two incidents of explosions in the Red Sea off of the coast of Yemen involving missiles and drones near a vessel.

It also said there were no reported injuries.

The reported incidents come a week after the United States announced a multinational maritime security initiative in the Red Sea in response to attacks on vessels by Yemen’s Houthis.

Several shipping lines have suspended operations through the Red Sea waterway in response to the attacks, instead taking the longer journey around Africa.

The Houthis have vowed to continue their attacks until Israel halts the conflict in Gaza, and warned that it would attack US warships if the militia group itself was targeted.


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Rebirth Dec 27, 2023 09:17pm
This means that the Saudis don’t have a port in Qatif and they transfer all of their oil to Jeddah, and then it travels all across the Red Sea, the Gulf of Oman and then enters the Arabian Sea to reach Karachi. You would think they would transport it through ports right next to where they extract their oil, unless they haven’t built any there. In such a scenario, the piracy attacks wouldn’t even be a factor in their oil transport to Karachi or Gwadar. Or, if they had had a rail track going through Basra, which could link to our ML-4 (Zahedan-Quetta route).
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Fida Dec 27, 2023 10:15pm
@Rebirth, Nice Route
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Fida Dec 27, 2023 10:15pm
Nice Route buddy
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Shahjhan Dec 28, 2023 06:49pm
Israel backed up by USA is violating human rights,and killing innocent citizens,if it's not stopped from war ambition it would bring disaster in the world by quieting world peace,there will be economic crisis would likely effect many countries
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Chaudhary Dec 28, 2023 08:03pm
Shame on israel, cowards, muderers, land grabbers, killers, rapists, jusy hate israel. Love for Palestine.. need to take every step to stop israel..
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Pervaiz Ali Dec 29, 2023 02:11am
War can't be justified purely brings death destruction it halts as soon as immediate possibly
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Siddiq Uddin Khan Dec 29, 2023 02:14am
Yes it's good act from hutis they doing well as isreal carpet bombarment in innocence Palestinian children's women's elders,and killing dozen daily bombardment,
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KhanRA Dec 29, 2023 03:11am
@Rebirth, you based this on a misunderstanding. It was a container ship that was attacked. Not an oil tanker. One carries goods, the other oil. The attacked ship was not an oil transporter.
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KhanRA Dec 29, 2023 03:13am
@Shahjhan , we should question why no one cares when we speak up against human rights abuses. It’s different if Europe does, because they live by their actions. Here we arrest peaceful protestors, arrest former prime ministers, persecute people for even just being LGBT which is not even their own choice. We need to fix our system and image before people respect our words and complaints. Oh, and a bigger economy is needed.
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Jawad Ali Khan Dec 29, 2023 07:01am
Great work by Houthis. You are the one who are trying to avenge Palestinian. May Allah bless you by successful attack on Israeli the apartied state.
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Pervez Bashir Dec 29, 2023 10:54am
Houtis won't be allowed to attack Pakistan cargo ships. Pakistan Navy is present in the area and will respond.
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Alassian Dec 30, 2023 10:11am
@Rebirth, well except that all talks about eastern ports are rendered moot due to strait of hormuz.
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