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WW3 Alert: US Cargo Ship hit by missile from Iran backed Houthis near Yemen (VIDEO)

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A cargo ship near Yemen has been hit from above by a missile, causing damage to a hold, in the latest attack on Red Sea shipping.

The M/V Gibraltar Eagle, a Marshall Islands-flagged, US-owned, bulk carrier, was hit by an anti-ship ballistic missile fired from a Houthi-controlled area of Yemen, the US military said. It said the ship reported no injuries or significant damage and was continuing its journey.

The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations agency said the vessel was 95 nautical miles south-east of Aden and advised vessels to transit with caution. The British maritime security company Ambrey said three missiles were launched by the Houthis but two did not reach the sea.

Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthis have been attacking commercial ships in the Red Sea it says are linked to Israel or bound for Israeli ports, aiming to support Palestinians in the war in Gaza.

US and British forces responded last week by carrying out dozens of air and sea strikes on Houthi targets in Yemen and have hit scores of targets.

Explosions were heard on Monday near Hodeidah airport in Yemen.

The Houthi attacks and western airstrikes have heightened fears that Israel’s war with the Palestinian militant group Hamas could engulf the wider region.

The Houthis’ chief negotiator said on Monday the group’s stance had not changed since the US-led airstrikes on its positions, and warned that attacks on ships headed to Israel would continue.

“Attacks to stop Israeli ships or those heading to the ports of the occupied Palestine will continue,” Mohammed Abdulsalam told Reuters. He said the group was still demanding an end of the war in Gaza, and humanitarian aid deliveries to the north and south of the Gaza Strip.\

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