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    Houthi Rebels’ Attack Severely Damages a Belize-Flagged Ship in Key Strait Leading to the Red Sea

    Houthi Rebels' Attack Severely Damages a Belize-Flagged Ship in Key Strait Leading to the Red Sea

    , United Arab Emirates (AP) — A missile attack by Yemen's Houthi rebels that damaged a Belize-flagged ship traveling through the Bab el-Mandeb Strait that connects the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden has forced the crew to abandon the ship, authorities said Monday. Another ship reportedly came twice under attack in the Gulf of Aden.

    The -backed Houthis also claimed they shot down an American MQ-9 Reaper drone, something not immediately acknowledged by U.S. forces in the region. However, the Houthis have downed U.S. drones before.

    Meanwhile, the U.S. said it was conducting airstrikes targeting the rebels, including one that targeted the first Houthi underwater drone seen since they began launching attacks on international shipping in November.

    The ship targeted in the Houthi attack on Sunday reported sustaining damage after “an explosion in close proximity to the vessel,” the British military's United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations center reported.

    “Military authorities report crew have abandoned the vessel,” the UKMTO said. “Vessel at anchor and all crew are safe.”

    Houthi Brig. Gen. Yahya Saree issued a statement claiming the attack, saying the vessel was “now at risk of potentially sinking.”

    “The ship suffered catastrophic damages and came to a complete halt,” Saree said. “During the operation,…

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