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Yemeni army says hit 6 ships in 72 hours in Gulf of Aden, Red Sea

The Yemeni army says it has carried out military operations against six ships in the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea, including two US destroyers, over the past 72 hours.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the army’s spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Saree said the Yemeni naval forces had conducted the operations “with a large number of ballistic missiles and drones.”

 

According to the statement, the Yemeni army struck Maersk Saratoga, APL Detroit, Huang Pu and Pretty Lady after identifying them as either owned by the US or Britain.

 

Saree said the army also launched a drone attack against two US destroyers in the Red Sea as well as Israel’s Eilat Port.

 

The military operations, the spokesman said, were “successful.”

 

The Yemeni Armed Forces have been targeting Israeli vessels or those “associated” with the occupying regime in the Red Sea and the Arabian Sea since October 7, 2023.

 

The regime ignited its bloody war machine in the besieged Palestinian territory on that October day in response to Operation Al-Aqsa Storm conducted by the resistance movement Hamas.

 

The maritime attacks have forced some of the world’s biggest shipping and oil companies to suspend transit through one of the world’s most important maritime trade routes.

 

Tankers are instead adding thousands of miles to international shipping routes by sailing around the continent of Africa rather than going through the Suez Canal.

 

The pro-Palestine maritime campaign has also prompted airstrikes by the US and its allies on Yemen – in violation of the Yemeni sovereignty and international law.

 

In consequence, Yemen’s armed forces have declared US and British vessels as legitimate targets.

 

Elsewhere in his remarks, Saree vowed that the Yemenis would continue their pro-Palestinian operations as long as the Israeli regime continued the hostilities and a siege it has been enforcing against Gaza.

 

Since the start of the brutal campaign in Gaza, the regime has martyred more than 32,300 Palestinians and injured over 74,000 others. It has cut off fuel, electricity, food and water to the more than two million Palestinians living there.

 




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