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Yemen’s Houthi rebels launched two attacks on cargo ships in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean

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Yemen’s Houthi rebels launched two attacks on cargo ships in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean

Yemen’s Houthi rebels launched two attacks on commercial ships sailing in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden on Wednesday, according to a spokesperson for the group, Yahya Sarea. The attacks involved missiles being used against the ships, with one of the targeted vessels being an American Maersk Yorktown, which sustained a “precise impact” in Gulf waters. Fortunately, the crew on board the Maersk Yorktown was reported to be safe.

The second targeted ship was the MSC Veracruz, an Israeli vessel flying the Portuguese flag, which was attacked with drones in the Indian Ocean. The Houthi group also launched unmanned aerial vehicles against a Washington destroyer in the Gulf of Aden following the ship attacks, although the United States Central Command has not officially confirmed the incident.

The recent attacks come after a period of relative calm in the region, with a decrease in terrorist offenses reported in April compared to the previous month. The UK Navy, responsible for monitoring incidents in the area, noted only two attacks prior to the ones on Wednesday. CENTCOM also reported a successful operation last week, downing two Houthi-controlled unmanned aerial vehicles.

The Houthi group has vowed to continue their attacks on Israeli or allied commercial ships until the end of the Israeli offensive in Gaza. They have accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of being a “criminal” and failing in his military objectives in Gaza. Despite this, Tel Aviv continues to advance in the region, with intelligence officials meeting with Egyptian counterparts to discuss potential military operations in the southern city of Rafah while prioritizing civilian safety.

As tensions continue to escalate in the region, the international community watches closely for further developments. (With information from EFE)

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