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Suspected Houthi Missile Attack Sets Ship in Gulf of Aden Ablaze

A suspected missile attack by Yemen’s Houthi rebels caused a ship to blaze in the Gulf of Aden.

The attack occurred on Thursday and involved two missiles fired, according to the UK Maritime Trade Operations center.

Ship Identified and Response Initiated

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The vessel affected was a Palau-flagged cargo ship named Islander.

Coalition military assets were deployed in response to the incident, as confirmed by the private security firm Ambrey.

Intercept Near Eilat

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Sirens blared over Eilat, Israel, early Thursday morning, followed by online videos depicting a suspected interception. 

Israel later confirmed the interception using its Arrow missile defense system.

Successful Intercept

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The Arrow system, designed to destroy long-range ballistic missiles in space, successfully intercepted a launch identified in the Red Sea area.

The Israeli military stated that the target did not breach Israeli territory and posed no threat to civilians.

Houthis Silent on Attacks

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The Houthi rebels did not immediately claim responsibility for either attack, although they typically acknowledge their assaults in the hours following. 

The attacks occurred amid escalating conflicts over Israel’s actions against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Red Sea Targeted

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Since November, the Houthis have targeted ships in the Red Sea and adjacent waters, particularly in response to Israel’s conflict with Hamas. 

Ships with minimal or no clear ties to Israel have been frequently targeted, disrupting trade routes.

Houthi Capabilities Despite Airstrikes

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Despite U.S.-led airstrikes, the Houthi rebels maintain the ability to launch significant attacks, including damaging ships and downing drones. 

The Houthis have vowed to continue their assaults until Israel ceases its operations in Gaza.

U.S. Military Response

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The U.S. Central Command acknowledged shooting down a Houthi drone carrying explosives.

U.S. airstrikes targeted mobile anti-ship cruise missiles and ballistic missiles prepared for use in the Red Sea.

State Department Condemnation

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The U.S. State Department criticized the Houthis for their attacks on civilian cargo ships, which have hindered humanitarian aid deliveries to Ethiopia, Sudan, and Yemen. 

The department emphasized that the attacks do not benefit the Palestinian people.

Impact on Humanitarian Aid

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The attacks on cargo ships, including the Sea Champion carrying aid to Aden and Hodeida, have disrupted vital humanitarian assistance efforts. 

The actions of the Houthis have exacerbated regional tensions and hindered efforts to alleviate suffering in conflict-affected areas.

Continued Instability

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The recent attacks underscore the ongoing instability in the region and the challenges faced by international efforts to maintain peace and security. 

Efforts to de-escalate tensions and address the root causes of conflict remain critical for the well-being of the affected populations.

Calls for Diplomatic Solutions

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The incidents highlight the urgent need for diplomatic solutions to address the underlying grievances and resolve the conflicts in the region. 

International cooperation and engagement are essential to mitigate further violence and promote lasting peace and stability.

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