Houthi Attacks May Have Expanded Beyond Red Sea

April 9, 2024

Houthi Attacks May Have Expanded Beyond Red Sea

A claim by a Houthi Rebel spokesperson suggests they may have recently attacked cargo ships beyond the Red Sea region and may therefore have longer range capabilities.

After eight days without any attacks, a Houthi Spokesperson has stated that a British ship and several US frigates were the target of attacks in the Red Sea. However, and perhaps more concerning, the spokesperson also claimed they have carried out attacks on two Israeli vessels in the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean, namely the ‘MSC Grace’ and ‘MSC Gina’.

While the attacks on the MSC ships have not actually been confirmed, the MSC Grace is understood to be currently sitting in Mombasa port and carrying armed guards. If these latest claims prove to be true, then this will surely be of considerable concern to carriers and coalition forces.

The claimed attack on a British ship does seem to correlate with information coming out of UK Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO). They confirm that a vessel was the target of two missiles south-west of Yemen, where the first was intercepted and the second landed in the water. This vessel is understood to be the 3,500 TEU British owned ship ‘Hope Island’.

Prior to these recent attacks during the past week, the threat appeared to be under control, with no attacks between March 23 and April 1.

 

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