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Houthis attacked a US humanitarian aid ship in the Red Sea

Feb 21, 2024

The Houthis attacked an American ship carrying humanitarian aid.

This is reported with reference to a message from the US Central Command on X (Twitter).

The incident occurred on February 19.

"Iranian-backed Houthi terrorists fired two anti-ship ballistic missiles at M/V Sea Champion, a Greek-flagged, U.S.-owned bulk carrier bound for the port of Aden in Yemen," the statement says.

It is noted that one of the missiles exploded near the ship, causing minor damage.

"Nevertheless, her crew proceeded on course to their ultimate destination: delivering grain to Aden, Yemen, for the benefit of the Yemeni people," the statement said.

The US Central Command noted that over the past five years, the Sea Champion has delivered humanitarian aid to Yemen 11 times.

"Houthi aggression in the region has exacerbated already high levels of need in conflict-impacted Yemen, which remains one of the largest humanitarian crises in the world, with nearly 80 percent of the entire population needing humanitarian assistance. We are committed to countering the Houthis’ malign activities, which directly endanger the imports of foodstuff and humanitarian aid to Yemen," the statement said.

Since November last year, Yemeni Houthis have continued to attack Israeli-linked merchant ships in the Red Sea. In January, the terrorist group dealt the biggest blow. The US and British military repelled the attack in the Red Sea.

Author – Anastasiya Glotova, 21/02/2024

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