The United Kingdom is claiming that Houthi rebels have attacked a civilian vessel off the Yemeni coast. The UK Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) has confirmed that no casualties or significant damage have been reported.
Nonetheless, this is yet one more step toward the rulers generating their all-out global war. According to a report by RT, since the start of Israel’s military operation against Hamas in Gaza, Houthi militants controlling large swaths of Yemen have been targeting merchant ships traversing the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.
On Monday, the UKMTO, which is a monitoring service operated by the British Navy, released a statement, saying it had “received a report of an incident, 40NM South of AL Mukha, Yemen.”
“Master reports his vessel was attacked by two missiles and reports minor damage,” the UKMTO said, adding that the unnamed ship and its crew were safe, and en route to the next port of call. It advised all vessels to “transit with caution” in the area.
The Shiite group was said to initially be focused on vessels they believed to be linked to Israel, claiming they were acting in protest over the country’s actions in Palestinian territory. However, after the US and the UK conducted a number of strikes on Houthi facilities, the group said it would now also attack ships affiliated with either nation.
Earlier this month, the US Central Command stated that the American and British air forces and navies had carried out a series of strikes against at least 36 alleged Houthi targets in 13 locations across Yemen. The US military claimed that “multiple underground storage facilities, command and control, missile systems, UAV storage and operations sites, radars, and helicopters” had been hit as a result.
The Houthis have vowed to meet escalation with escalation and the attacks continue. The US meanwhile, continues to claim it’s trying to avoid a larger war, however, its rulers’ actions are showing otherwise.
The Houthis also say that they will continue to attack vessels in the Red Sea until Israel ends its war with Hamas in Gaza.