Houthi Rebels Launch Missiles at Vessel in Gulf of Aden Amid Escalating Campaign

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Yemen’s Houthi rebels launched an attack in the Gulf of Aden, setting off explosions near a Singapore-flagged vessel. The incident, part of a series of assaults by the Iranian-backed group, comes amidst ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

The targeted vessel, Propel Fortune, was able to continue its journey without any injuries or damages, according to the United States military’s Central Command. The Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for the attack and also stated that they had launched drones targeting American warships.

Following this attack, American officials reported that 15 bomb-carrying Houthi drones were shot down by the U.S. Navy, allied warships, and aircraft in the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea. This comes after another Houthi missile strike on a commercial ship in the Gulf of Aden earlier in the week, which resulted in the death of three crew members.

The Houthis have been carrying out these attacks in an attempt to pressure Israel to end the conflict with Hamas in Gaza. However, the targets of their attacks are increasingly unrelated to the ongoing conflict, with recent incidents including the sinking of a fertilizer-carrying cargo ship and the downing of an American drone.

In response to the escalating violence, the U.S. conducted airstrikes in Yemen, destroying two Houthi truck-mounted anti-ship missiles. The rebels, who have controlled northern Yemen and the capital city of Sanaa since 2014, have been engaged in a prolonged civil war with a Saudi-led coalition since 2015.

Since the U.S. began its airstrike campaign in January, the Houthis have acknowledged the deaths of at least 22 fighters, along with one civilian casualty. The situation continues to be volatile, with the conflict showing no signs of abating in the near future.