The attack occurred around 80 miles southeast of Djibouti, with no injuries or damage reported to any ships. The targeted vessel was the MV Yorktown, a U.S.-flagged ship with American and Greek crew members.

The Houthis claimed responsibility for the attack but provided no evidence to support their claim that they hit the Yorktown. They also alleged targeting another ship in the Indian Ocean, although no evidence was provided for this either.

Since November, the Houthis have launched over 50 attacks on shipping, resulting in the seizure of one vessel and the sinking of another, according to the U.S. Maritime Administration. However, such attacks have decreased recently due to increased airstrikes targeting the rebels and decreased shipping activity in the region.

Vessels delivering aid to Gaza via U.S.-built pier run aground Vessels delivering aid to Gaza via U.S.-built pier run aground

The Houthis have stated that they will continue their attacks until Israel ends its conflict with Hamas in Gaza. However, most of the targeted ships have had no direct connection to the conflict. The Houthis, a Shiite group, have been engaged in a conflict with a Saudi-led coalition since 2015.