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Houthi rebels in Yemen attack US-flagged container ship in Gulf of Aden, reports WGN Radio 720

Yemen’s Houthi Rebels Target United States-Flagged Container Ship

The Houthi rebels in Yemen targeted a United States-flagged container ship in the Gulf of Aden on Tuesday, in the latest in a series of assaults on vital maritime trade routes. The explosion occurred near the vessel off the coast of Nishtun, Yemen, close to the country’s border with Oman. The ship was identified as the Maersk Sentosa by the Joint Maritime Information Center overseen by the U.S. Navy.

The explosion is believed to have been caused by drones, missiles, or bomb-carrying drone boats often utilized by the Houthi rebels. The rebel group claimed responsibility for three attacks that night, including the Maersk Sentosa.

The Houthi rebels have targeted over 70 vessels since November, resulting in the deaths of four sailors and the seizure and sinking of two vessels. The recent uptick in attacks on merchant vessels has raised concerns about the safety and security of the region. Furthermore, the continued detention of 13 U.N. staff members by the Houthi rebels has sparked international concern and calls for their immediate release.

Amidst the escalating tensions, the U.S. Central Command confirmed the destruction of an uncrewed Houthi aerial vehicle in Yemen. The situation remains volatile as the conflict between the Houthi rebels and international forces shows no signs of abating.

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