Yemeni Missile Strikes Tanker, US Military Reports

A commercial tanker vessel was struck by an anti-ship cruise missile launched from Houthi-controlled Yemen, causing a fire and damage but no casualties, according to a statement from the U.S. military.

The attack targeted the tanker STRINDA about 60 nautical miles north of the Bab al-Mandab Strait. Despite the damage, the STRINDA was able to move under its own power after the attack.

The U.S. Navy destroyer USS MASON responded to the mayday call and is currently rendering assistance.

The Targeted Vessel

The STRINDA, a Norway-flagged chemical tanker owned by Mowinckel Chemical Tankers and managed by Hansa Tankers, had loaded vegetable oil and biofuels in Malaysia and was en route to Venice, Italy. The connection of the STRINDA to Israel, if any, was not immediately clear.

The Iran-aligned Houthis have expanded their involvement in the Israel-Hamas conflict, targeting vessels in vital shipping lanes and firing drones and missiles.

Recently, the Houthis declared their intention to target all ships heading to Israel, escalating tensions in the region.

Series of Maritime Attacks

This incident is part of a series of attacks on commercial vessels in international waters. The U.S. and British navies have intervened in some instances, and the Houthis also seized a British-owned cargo ship last month.

The United States and Britain have condemned these attacks, pointing to Iran’s support of the Houthis.

The attacks have drawn international condemnation and calls for restraint. Saudi Arabia has requested the United States to show restraint in responding to these incidents.

With information from Reuters.

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