Two ballistic missiles fired from Houthi-controlled Yemen got here close to a US warship after it aided an Israel-linked tanker that had been seized within the Gulf of Aden, the US navy mentioned.
The missiles splashed down within the water round 10 miles from the USS Mason because it aided the tanker named the Central Park on Monday, the US Central Command added in a press release.
It additionally mentioned it apprehended 5 armed attackers who focused the tanker, which has hyperlinks to Israel, off the coast of Yemen on Sunday.
“There was no injury or reported accidents from both vessel throughout this incident,” it added.
The Houthis, a Yemen-based insurgent motion backed by Iran, didn’t instantly acknowledge the assault.
London-based Zodiac Maritime, which manages the Liberian-flagged Central Park, mentioned on Monday the tanker was carrying phosphoric acid when it was seized within the Gulf of Aden.
The corporate added that the tanker’s crew of twenty-two sailors from Bulgaria, Georgia, India, the Philippines, Russia, Turkey and Vietnam was “unhurt”.
“We want to thank the coalition forces who responded rapidly, defending property within the space and upholding worldwide maritime regulation,” the corporate mentioned.
It supplied no particulars on how the attackers left the vessel. It additionally didn’t determine them.
Zodiac Maritime is a part of Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer’s Zodiac Group.
The British navy’s United Kingdom Maritime Commerce Operations, which supplies warnings to sailors within the Center East, had earlier warned “two black-and-white craft carrying eight individuals in military-style clothes” had been seen within the space earlier than the tanker was focused.
Yemen’s internationally recognised authorities blamed the Houthi rebels for the assault, which adopted at the least two different current maritime assaults linked to the Israel-Hamas struggle.
On Friday, a container ship, CMA CGM Symi, owned by one other Israeli billionaire, got here underneath assault by a suspected Iranian drone within the Indian Ocean.
Iran has not acknowledged finishing up the assault.
On Monday 20 November, Houthi rebels released a video showing armed men seizing a cargo ship within the Pink Sea the day earlier than.
The video from Yemeni Army Media exhibits at the least seven masked males, carrying what seems to be AK-47s, drop from a helicopter and land on the highest deck of the ship.