Amid escalating tensions in the Red Sea, Iran-backed Houthi rebels launched two anti-ship ballistic missiles at an American-owned tanker ship on Thursday night, according to the US military. The missiles, aimed at the M/V Chem Ranger, hit the water near the vessel, causing no injuries or damage. This marks the third Houthi attack on commercial shipping in three days

Houthi Claim and US Confirmation

Earlier on Friday, Houthis claimed responsibility for a missile attack on a US ship in the Gulf of Aden, identifying the targeted vessel as the Chem Ranger. The US Central Command confirmed the attack, emphasizing that the crew observed the missiles impacting the water near the ship, and no injuries or damage were reported.

Ongoing Houthi Aggression in Red Sea

Houthi attacks on vessels in and around the Red Sea have heightened tensions, prompting recent retaliatory strikes by United States and British forces in Yemen. The latest incident adds to a series of maritime disruptions, impacting global trade routes.

Chem Ranger: Details and Response

The Chem Ranger, a Marshall Islands-flagged chemical tanker, was en route from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to Kuwait, according to Marine Traffic. A “suspicious” drone approach was reported southeast of the Yemeni port of Aden, with one drone falling into the sea approximately 30 meters from the tanker. An Indian warship responded to the event, with no reported casualties or damage.

International Maritime Agencies’ Reports

British maritime risk management company Ambrey corroborated the incident, noting the suspicious drone approach and the Indian warship’s response. UKMTO, without specifying the vessel, reported a similar incident involving a drone approaching a merchant ship, with an explosion reported in the water about 30 meters away.

Conclusion: Ongoing Security Concerns in Red Sea

As Houthi attacks persist in the Red Sea region, concerns over maritime security continue to rise. The international response, including retaliatory actions and increased vigilance, underscores the need for heightened security measures in this strategically significant waterway, crucial for global trade and commerce. The evolving situation prompts stakeholders to closely monitor developments and address emerging challenges in the Red Sea.

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