This Saturday, US forces bombed a anti-ship missile of the Houthi rebels in Yemen that was ready to be shot, after the movement supported by the Iranian regime attacked a British oil tanker in the gulf of aden.
He US Central Command in the area (Centcom) indicated that it carried out an attack on Saturday morning against “an anti-ship missile aimed at Red Sea and that it was ready for launch.”
“Forces bombed and destroyed missile out of self-defense”, added Centcom and assured that “this action will protect the freedom of navigation” in the Red Sea and “will make international waters safer for U.S. Navy ships and merchant vessels.”
Hours before, the Houthis, who control Furythe capital of Yemen, claimed to have fired “missiles” at a “British tanker, the Marlin Luanda”.
The rebels’ military spokesman, Yahya Sareeassured in a statement that the attack was carried out in solidarity with the Palestinian people and “in response to British and American aggression against our country.”
The private maritime risk company Ambrey had previously reported that a merchant ship had been hit by a missile off the coast of Yemen, causing a fire on board.
Centcom later confirmed the attack, noting that “the ship issued a distress call and reported damage. He USS Carney and other international coalition ships in the Red Sea responded and provided assistance. No injuries were reported.
Since mid-November, the Houthis They have attacked what they consider ships linked to Israeli interests in the Red Sea, in solidarity with the Palestinian terrorists in Gaza.
His campaign has disrupted the maritime traffic and led to USA and United Kingdom to carry out retaliatory attacks. The Houthis have since declared that the interests of these two powers are also legitimate objectives.
The tension in the area has caused the main shipping companies worldwide to continue adjusting their routes to avoid transiting through this sea route, through which 8% of the world’s grain trade, 12% of the oil trade and 8% of the international trade in liquefied natural gas.
The trade that circulates through the Suez Canal fell 42% in the last two months, a UN agency warned on Thursday, warning that attacks on ships in the Red Sea add to the tension in other maritime routes such as the Panama Canaldisturbed by climate change.
“We are concerned that attacks on Red Sea shipping will add tensions to a context of disruptions to global trade due to geopolitics and climate change,” such as in the Panama Canal, warned Jan Hoffmann, head of trade logistics at the Conference. of the UN on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
The weekly transits of container ship have fallen by 67% compared to a year ago, that of oil tankers by 18% and that of dry cargo bulk carriers – which transport, for example, cereals or coal – by 6%.
According to Hoffmann, gas carriers, which transport liquefied natural gas (LNG), have stopped transiting the Suez Canal in Egypt, through which approximately 12% to 15% of global trade previously circulated.
(With information from EFE, Europa Press and AFP)