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    Yemen’s Houthi Rebels Fire Missiles at Ship Bound for Iran, Their Main Supporter

    Yemen's Houthi Rebels Fire Missiles at Ship Bound for Iran, Their Main Supporter

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Yemen's Houthi rebels fired two missiles at a ship bound for a port in on Monday, causing minor damage but no injuries to its crew, authorities said.

    The attack on the Marshall Islands-flagged, Greek-operated bulk carrier Star Iris shows just how widely the Houthis now target ships traveling through the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden and the Bab el-Mandeb Strait connecting the two waterways.

    The Star Iris had been heading from to Bandar Khomeini in Iran, the main backer and armer of the Houthis in Yemen's yearslong war.

    “The group owner and operator regularly trade bulk cargo with Iran, so this was assessed to be the likely destination,” said Ambrey, a private security firm. Ambrey added that the Star Iris sustained damage to its starboard side in the attack.

    The Houthis sought to describe the Star Iris as an “American” vessel, and said they targeted the ship with multiple missiles. The Star Iris' ultimate owner, Star Bulk Carriers Corp. of Athens, Greece, is traded on the Nasdaq Stock Market in . It did not respond to a request for comment.

    Days earlier, another ship owned by Star Bulk, the Star Nasia, came under attack from the Houthis.

    The Houthis' military “will not hesitate to carry out more operations in retaliation to the Zionist crimes against our brothers in the Gaza Strip, as well as in response to the ongoing American-British aggression against our dear country,”…

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