Yemeni military source reports Houthis attack ship in Red Sea

Yemen’s Houthis targeted a fuel tanker, MADO, in the Red Sea with naval missiles and Israel’s Eilat port and resort region with winged missiles, as per the group’s military spokesman Yahya Sarea on Tuesday.

MADO is a Marshall-Islands flagged liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tanker en route to Singapore from Saudi Arabia, according to maritime shipping trackers. The Houthis claimed it was American, but Equasis’s shipping database shows it is owned by Naftomar Shipping & Trading Co Ltd of Greece. Naftomar has not responded to requests for comment.

Iran-aligned Houthi militants have launched drones and missiles at international commercial shipping in the Red Sea region since mid-November, citing solidarity with Palestinians against Israel’s military assault in Gaza.

Houthi attacks have disrupted global shipping recently

The attacks have disrupted global shipping, prompting companies to take longer and more expensive routes around southern Africa.

The United States, Britain, and other navies have conducted strikes against Houthi targets in response.