Jan 15, 2024 - World

Houthi rebels fire missile at U.S.-owned ship

Members of different tribes stage a protest against United States' attacks on Yemen's Houthis on Jan. 14. Photo: Mohammed Hamoud/Anadolu via Getty Images

A missile fired by Iran-backed Houthi rebels struck a U.S.-owned ship near the coast of Yemen on Monday, U.S. Central Command said.

The big picture: The move comes after the U.S. and U.K. conducted airstrikes against the Houthis last week in response to the group's attacks on merchant and commercial vessels in the Red Sea.

  • The escalations and growing U.S. military involvement come amid fears that tensions heightened by the Israel-Hamas war could turn into a larger regional conflict.
  • The Houthi attacks have also snarled supply chains as major shipping companies avoid the region.

Driving the news: The vessel that was hit Monday was the Eagle Gibraltar, a Marshall Islands-flagged container ship, CENTCOM said.

  • No injuries or significant damage were reported and the ship is continuing its journey.

Of note: Monday's attack comes less than a day after another cruise missile was fired by the rebels toward a U.S. warship, which was operating in the southern Red Sea, the Central Command said in a news release Sunday.

  • The missile was shot down by a U.S. fighter aircraft.

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