(WatchDogReport.org) – A US Navy warship detained armed individuals who took control of a tanker linked to Israel off Yemen’s coast. The attackers tried to escape but were pursued by the US warship. Two missiles were launched at the warship from Houthi-controlled territory in Yemen.
The Houthis vowed to target Israel for its actions against Hamas in Gaza. Israel retaliated following an attack in southern Israel where many lost their lives and hundreds were taken hostage. The conflict has led to numerous casualties in Gaza, including a high percentage of children.
The Central Park, managed by Zodiac Maritime Ltd., was attacked. Among the 22 crew members were nationals from various countries. The rebels threatened the tanker carrying phosphoric acid to divert to a Yemeni port.
The USS Mason intervened, demanding the release of the attacked vessel. Five armed individuals tried to flee but surrendered upon pursuit by the USS Mason. Although two missiles were launched towards the warship, they missed their target.
These incidents are part of a series of attacks by the Houthis, including missile strikes towards Israel. Despite attempts by the US to intercept these attacks in the Red Sea, tensions persist.
The Houthis have been engaged in a prolonged civil war against Yemen’s government, backed by Saudi Arabia, since 2014. The recent incident involving the Central Park and the USS Mason has sparked concerns about broader regional conflicts.
Efforts to prevent further escalation are ongoing. Iranian-backed Houthi forces have shown a pattern of attacks against US and Israeli interests. However, intelligence indicates a calibrated response to avoid direct conflicts.
Despite these tensions, the conflict between Israel and Hamas is largely contained, but efforts are being made to ensure it doesn’t escalate further. The situation is being monitored closely to prevent a broader regional conflict.
The incident involving the Central Park tanker highlights the volatile situation in the region. Efforts to maintain stability and prevent the conflict from spreading further remain a top priority for international security.
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