Houthis Assault Norwegian Tanker In Pink Sea

By Saeed Al-Batati

Yemen’s Houthi militia claimed accountability for a missile assault on a Norwegian-flagged tanker within the Pink Sea on Tuesday.

Earlier, they threatened to assault any Israel-bound ships and warships that comply with them.

The Houthi assault comes because the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen pledged to help Yemeni Coast Guard personnel in defending the Pink Sea and Yemen’s shoreline. 

Houthi navy spokesperson Yahiya Sarae stated that the militia launched a “naval” cruise missile on the Norwegian tanker that was claimed to be going to Israel ignoring the militia’s directions to not sail within the Pink Sea. Quite a few ships, he added, cooperated with orders and diverted their routes.

“During the last two days, Yemeni navy forces have been profitable in blocking the passage of many ships that heeded Yemeni naval warnings. We didn’t assault the Norwegian oil tanker till its crew ignored all warnings,” Sarae stated, including that the ship was taking oil to Israel.

The US Central Command stated in a press release that at about midnight (Yemeni time), an anti-ship cruise missile launched from Houthi-controlled territory attacked the Motor Tanker STRINDA within the Bab El-Mandeb Strait, inflicting the tanker to catch fireplace, however no casualties have been reported.

French frigate FREMM Languedoc intercepted and destroyed a drone that was threatening the STRINDA in a fancy aerial assault originating from Yemen, the French Protection Ministry stated in a press release.

The Houthis have vowed to shut the Pink Sea to any Israeli-operated or owned ships, in addition to ships of all nationalities crusing to Israel, until Israel stops bombing Gaza and permits inhabitants within the metropolis to entry water and meals.

In the meantime, the coalition has dedicated to help the Yemeni authorities’s naval troops in defending the nation’s coastlines from “terrorist” assaults and in defending the Pink Sea.

Official Yemeni media reported {that a} Saudi navy delegation led by the commander of the coalition’s forces in Aden, Brig. Gen. Hussien Al-Harbi, met Tareq Mohammed Saleh, vp of Yemen’s Presidential Management Council, on Monday within the Pink Sea city of Mocha. The events mentioned navy assist for Yemen’s coastguard and naval forces to guard Yemeni seawater and safe worldwide maritime visitors off Yemen’s coasts.

In different information, the Houthis launched an assault on authorities troops in disputed areas within the southern province of Dhale, the newest in a sequence of Houthi efforts to achieve navy floor within the province.

Yemen’s southern troopers stationed alongside northern Dhale repelled a “massive” Houthi onslaught on their positions on Monday, forcing the Houthis to flee, in line with state media.

The strike comes after the Houthis organized navy funeral processions in Sanaa this week for not less than a dozen militants killed in clashes with Yemeni authorities troopers.