Houthis Kill Innocent Civilians With Missile Attack


An anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM) was launched Wednesday from Iranian-backed Houthi terrorist-controlled areas of Yemen toward M/V True Confidence, a Barbados-flagged, Liberian-owned bulk carrier, while transiting the Gulf of Aden, said US Central Command, adding that the missile struck the vessel, and the multinational crew reported three fatalities, at least four injuries, of which three are in critical condition, and significant damage to the ship.

CENTCOM said the crew abandoned the ship and coalition warships responded and are assessing the situation.

According to CENTCOM, this is the fifth ASBM fired by Houthis in the last two days. Two of these ASBMs impacted two shipping vessels – M/V MSC Sky II and M/V True Confidence – and one ASBM was shot down by USS Carney (DDG 64).

“These reckless attacks by the Houthis have disrupted global trade and taken the lives of international seafarers,” CENTCOM said in a statement.

Later on Wednesday, CENTCOM said it conducted self-defense strikes against two unmanned aerial vehicles in a Houthi controlled area of Yemen that presented an imminent threat to merchant vessels and U.S. Navy ships in the region.

“These actions are taken to protect freedom of navigation and make international waters safer and more secure for U.S. Navy and merchant vessels,” CENTCOM said in a separate statement.


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