U.S Central Command Confirms Houthi Missile Strike on U.S-Owned Oil Tanker in Gulf of Aden

U.S central command (CENTCOM) said Yemen’s Houthis launched one anti-ship ballistic missile. The missile was targeted towards the MV Torm Thor, a U.S-flagged oil tanker, in the Gulf of Aden. The oil tanker is owned and operated by the United States, American military confirmed this news.

Missile impacted the water causing no damage nor injuries, Centcom said a post on X (twitter). U.S forces retaliated, targeting Houthis drone in the region, Centcom said about this. Houthi rebels said the attacks will be continue in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza.

Houthi Rebels vs United States

On Feb 24 at 11:45 p.m. (Sana Time), the Iranian backed Houthi launched one anti-ship ballistic missile likely targeting the M/V Torm Thor, a U.S flagged, owned and operated chemical/oil product tanker in the gulf od Aden. The missile impacted the water causing no damage or injuries in the ship said by the Centcom team.

Earlier in the evening, at about 9 p.m. (Sana Time), US Centcom forces shot down two one-way attack unmanned aerial vehicle over southern Red Sea in self-defense. A third UAV crashed from an assessed in-fight failure.

Centcom forces identified the UAVs and determined they presented an imminent threat to merchant vessels and to the 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.

Houthis have been relentlessly attacking merchant ships in Red Sea since last November. In response to Houthi attacks, U.S-led coalition has been targeting rebels’ sites in Yemen. However, the strikes by U.S-led coalition have failed to stop the attacks on shipments.

Author: Adolf