This attack came after the vessel had used an Israeli port, which the Houthis have declared off-limits.

Saree stated that the ship was hit by ballistic missiles because its owner had violated the Houthis' ban on entering Israeli ports. This incident is part of their broader campaign in support of Palestinians in Gaza.

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Additionally, Saree claimed that the Houthis had launched ballistic and cruise missiles at the USS Eisenhower, a US aircraft carrier. However, a US official disputed this claim, stating it was incorrect. The Houthis have previously made unverified claims about hitting or sinking the carrier.

The attacks have escalated tensions in vital maritime corridors, following the recent sinking of another ship, the MV Tutor. The UK Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) reported an attack on a vessel east of Aden in Yemen, confirming explosions near the ship, although the crew was reported safe.

The Houthis have pledged to continue their military operations, stating they will only stop when the siege of Gaza is lifted. Since the beginning of the war, they have launched over 60 attacks, sunk two commercial ships, seized another, and attacked dozens more.

In response, US and UK militaries have conducted air raids targeting Houthi-controlled areas in Yemen to weaken their military capabilities.