Houthis Attack Three Commercial Ships in Red and Arabian Seas

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According to Reuters, Houthi forces recently attacked three commercial ships in the Red Sea and the Arabian Sea. A Houthi spokesperson announced on Wednesday, June 5th, that the targeted vessels were the Roza, Vantage Dream, and Maersk Seletar. However, the spokesperson did not elaborate on the specifics of these attacks.

The Houthis claimed responsibility for launching missiles and drones at the Greek-owned ships Roza and Vantage Dream.

The Roza is a bulk carrier with a deadweight tonnage (dwt) of 93,386, sailing under the Liberian flag. It is owned and managed by Eveland Shipping, based in Greece. The ship departed from Visakhapatnam Port in India on May 24th and is expected to reach the Suez Canal in Egypt by June 7th.

Similarly, the Vantage Dream, also flagged in Liberia, is a 29,084 dwt bulk carrier owned by Vantage Shipping, another Greek company. It left Mormugao Port in India on May 28th and is also headed for the Suez Canal in Egypt.

The third vessel reportedly attacked by the Houthis is the Maersk Seletar, a U.S.-flagged container ship. This vessel was allegedly hit by several drones in the Arabian Sea after departing from Salalah Port in Oman on June 5th.

In response to these attacks, the U.S. Central Command issued a press release on June 4th, revealing that the Houthis had launched two anti-ship ballistic missiles from a Yemen-controlled area into the Red Sea. The U.S. Coalition and commercial ships sustained no damage.

Additionally, the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Organisation (UKMTO) reported an incident on June 1st. They indicated that a vessel was targeted 50 nautical miles southwest of Al Shuqaiq, where an explosion was observed near the port side. The vessel’s name was not disclosed, but no casualties were reported, and the ship continued its voyage.

The Houthi attacks in the Red Sea are reportedly in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, who are opposing Israeli actions.