The Houthis attacked a ship carrying grain from Brazil to Iran, thinking it was from the United States

Star Iris, ship attacked by Houthi rebels in the Red Sea

The Yemen Houthi rebels On Monday, two missiles were fired at a ship that was heading to a port in Iran, causing minor damage but no injuries to its crew, authorities said. The incident occurred 40 nautical miles (about 74 kilometers) south of Moca, in the Red Sea.

The attack on the bulk carrier Star Irisoperated by Greece and with the flag of the Marshall Islands, shows how widely the Houthis now attack ships traveling through the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden and the Bab el-Mandeb Strait that connects the two waterways. The Star Iris was heading from Brazil to Bandar Khomeini in Iranthe main sponsor and shipowner of the Houthis in the Yemen war years.

The Houthis tried to describe the Star Iris as an “American” ship without providing evidence, saying that They attacked the ship with multiple missiles. The Washington authorities have not commented on the matter for now.

The Houthi army “will not hesitate to carry out further operations in retaliation for the Zionist crimes against our brothers in the Gaza Stripas well as in response to the current US-British aggression against our beloved country,” said Houthi military spokesman Brig. Yahya Saree in a statement after the attack.

Yahya Sarea, spokesman for the Houthis (Europa Press/Contact/Xinhua)
Yahya Sarea, spokesman for the Houthis (Europa Press/Contact/Xinhua) (Europa Press/Contact/Xinhua/)

The British Army’s UK Trade Operations (UKTMO) centre, which oversees the waters of Middle Eastreported the attack and said it occurred while the Star Iris was traveling south through the Strait of Bab el-MandebThat separates East africa of the Arabian Peninsula.

The captain of the ship “reports that his ship was attacked by two missiles and reports minor damage”said the UKTMO. “The ship and crew are safe. Ship heading to next port of call.” The British maritime security company Ambrey said the bulk carrier was hit and suffered damage to its starboard side,

Location of Star Iris according to Vessel finder
Location of Star Iris according to Vessel finder

Ambrey reported that the carrier had sighted a projectile near the ship 23 nautical miles (43 km) northeast of Khor Angar, Djibouti, and 40 nautical miles southwest of the Yemeni port city of Mocha, on the Red Sea.

The company confirmed the relationship with Brazilian beans: “The shipowner and operator of the group routinely trade in bulk with Iranso it was considered that this was the probable destination,” he added.

The bulk carrier’s ownership group was listed on the NASDAQ US stock index, which was identified as the likely motive for the attack, according to Ambrey.

The ship “Mumbai Maersk”, of the shipping company that has interrupted its trips through the Red Sea due to the Houthi attacks (Sina Schuldt/dpa) (Sina Schuldt/dpa/)

These types of attacks have led several companies to interrupt their Red Sea voyages and opt for a longer and more expensive route around Africa. The attack on the Star Iris comes after days of no reported Houthi attacks on ships. It is unclear what caused the pause, although the US and British militaries have carried out multiple rounds of airstrikes against the Houthis’ missile arsenals and launch sites in territory they control.

Since November, rebels have repeatedly attacked ships in the Red Sea Due to the Israel offensive in Gaza. They have frequently attacked ships with weak or no ties to Israel, endangering shipping on a key route for trade between Asia, Middle East and Europe.

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Middle East It has been in full swing since October 7, 2023. escalation of violence that adds new fronts as the Israel campaign in Gaza and more aggressive actions emerge from the militias that Iran supports in the region and that they act against interests that they consider contrary to Tehran.

This occurs in Syria, Gaza and the Arabian Peninsulaas well as in Iraq and even other countries like Jordanwhere they have bombed a US base with drones, causing the death of three soldiers.

With information from Reuters and AP