Houthis strike cargo ship headed to Iran: US military

MONITORING (SW) – The Yemen’s Houthi rebels targeted the Star Iris, a commercial ship carrying corn from Brazil to Iran.

The attack occurred in the early hours of February 13, 2024, approximately 40 nautical miles south of Al Mukha at the entrance to the Red Sea.

This latest incident is part of a series of assaults by the rebels on ships in the region, disrupting shipments through key waterways.

The Star Iris was hit by missiles in two separate incidents, though, no casualties were reported, and the ship sustained only minor damage. It continues its journey to its next port of call.

The Houthi militia, known for their Iranian backing, have been escalating their attacks on commercial shipping in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, and Bab el-Mandeb Strait. The United States military confirmed the destination of the ship and identified its cargo as Brazilian corn bound for Iran.

The ongoing conflict in Yemen has cast a long shadow over international shipping in the region. Several leading shipping companies are now avoiding the area altogether due to the increasing number of attacks from the Iran-backed Houthi movement.

Houthis claimed responsibility for the attack on the Star Iris, stating it was in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza.

The United States and British forces have responded with airstrikes on Houthi targets in Yemen, including weapon storage facilities and missile systems. As tensions continue to rise, the potential risks to international shipping remain a growing concern.