Missile Fired from Rebel-Controlled Yemen Misses Container Ship in Bab el-Mandeb Strait

         

A missile fired by Houthi rebels in Yemen narrowly missed a container ship passing through the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, posing a new threat to maritime shipping.

Missile Attack Narrowly Misses Container Ship

A missile launched from Houthi-controlled territory in Yemen narrowly missed a container ship transiting the Bab el-Mandeb Strait. The attack, aimed at the Maersk Gibraltar, a Hong Kong-flagged vessel, comes amidst heightened tensions in the region.

Series of Seaborne Attacks by Houthis

This recent incident is part of a series of seaborne attacks attributed to the Houthis, who have targeted vessels in the Red Sea. Earlier attacks this week saw missiles narrowly missing a commercial tanker and hitting a Norwegian-flagged vessel near the strait. The rebels have also threatened to attack any vessel they suspect to be linked to Israel.

Impact on Global Shipping

The escalating attacks on vessels in the Red Sea come amid the Israel-Hamas conflict, raising concerns about the impact on global shipping. The narrowness of the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, through which about 10% of the world’s traded oil passes, poses a significant risk to maritime traffic.

Geopolitical Implications

The targeting of ships comes at a time when a tentative cease-fire between the Houthis and a Saudi-led coalition in Yemen has held, despite the country’s prolonged conflict. However, the potential for wider regional conflict and the involvement of Western forces raises concerns about reigniting tensions in the region.

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