Yemen’s Houthis strike cargo ship bound for Iran, causing minor damage

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Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthis fired two missiles on Monday at an Iran-bound cargo ship in the Red Sea, causing minor damage to the vessel but no injuries, US military officials said, Report informs via Reuters.

The early morning strikes appeared to be the first time the Houthis have targeted an Iran-bound vessel since starting attacks on international shipping in solidarity with Palestinians over the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza, shipping sources said.

“Iranian-backed Houthi militants fired two missiles from Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen toward the Bab al-Mandeb,” US Central Command said on the social media site X, formerly known as Twitter.

“Both missiles were launched toward MV Star Iris, a Greek-owned, Marshall Islands-flagged cargo vessel transiting the Red Sea carrying corn from Brazil.”

“The ship reports being seaworthy with minor damage and no injuries to the crew,” CentCom officials said on X. “Of note, the MV Star Iris’s destination is Bandar Iman Khomeini, Iran.”