US Denies Yemen’s Houthis Claim of Attack on US Military Cargo Ship
The US military has denied claims made by the Yemeni Houthi movement that it had attacked an American cargo ship, the Ocean Jazz, in the Gulf of Aden. The Houthi movement earlier in the day said its forces had launched a missile attack on the ship, but the US military said that it had maintained constant communications with the vessel throughout its safe transit.
The US military’s Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) said in a statement that the Houthi movement’s report of an alleged successful attack on the Ocean Jazz is not accurate. The Houthis, who control most of Yemen, have been attacking vessels in and around the Red Sea, disrupting international maritime trade.
The US and British forces have launched attacks across Yemen against Houthi forces in recent weeks, and the Houthis have retaliated by targeting vessels linked to the US and UK. The Houthis initially said they were only targeting vessels linked to Israel, but they have since widened their targets to include vessels linked to the US and UK.
The US military’s denial of the Houthi movement’s claim comes as tensions between the US and Iran-backed Houthis continue to escalate. The Houthis have been accused of attacking commercial vessels navigating on the Red Sea, disrupting international maritime trade. The US and its allies have accused Iran of providing support to the Houthis, which Tehran denies.
The US military’s denial of the Houthi movement’s claim is likely to further escalate tensions between the US and the Houthis. The US has been critical of the Houthis’ attacks on commercial vessels and has accused them of disrupting international maritime trade. The US and its allies have also accused Iran of providing support to the Houthis, which Tehran denies.