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Houthi rebels target Norwegian tanker near Yemen’s coast, ship reportedly en route to Israel

The targeted vessel, the oil and chemical tanker Strinda, was reportedly scheduled to anchor at Ashdod's port early next month, highlighting the international implications of the Houthi rebels' maritime campaign

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A missile fired by Yemen’s Houthi rebels has struck a Norwegian-flagged tanker in the Red Sea off the coast of Yemen, near the strategically vital Bab el-Mandeb Strait.

The targeted vessel, the oil and chemical tanker Strinda, was reportedly scheduled to anchor at Ashdod’s port early next month, highlighting the international implications of the Houthi rebels’ maritime campaign.

The Houthi rebels, backed by Iran, have been increasingly targeting ships near the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, a crucial maritime chokepoint.

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The latest assault on the Strinda amplifies the risk to cargo and energy shipments passing through the Suez Canal and underscores the expanding impact of the conflict initiated by the devastating Hamas attack on October 7.

Houthi military spokesperson Brig. Gen. Yahya Saree addressed the incident in a video statement, asserting that the rebels only fired on the Norwegian vessel after it “rejected all warning calls.”

According to Saree, the Yemeni Armed Forces’ naval forces conducted a “qualitative military operation” against the Strinda, which was loaded with oil.

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The attack on the Norwegian tanker adds a new dimension to the already complex and volatile situation in the region.

The Bab el-Mandeb Strait is a critical waterway connecting the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden, and any disruption in this area has far-reaching consequences for global shipping and energy transportation.

The Houthi rebels’ targeting of commercial vessels raises concerns about the safety and security of international maritime routes.

The incident comes amid heightened tensions in the region and emphasizes the need for increased vigilance and international efforts to ensure the protection of vessels navigating through these strategic waterways.

As maritime authorities and global leaders assess the implications of this latest attack, there will likely be calls for a coordinated response to safeguard the freedom of navigation and prevent further escalation in the already troubled waters surrounding Yemen.

The international community faces the challenge of addressing these maritime threats and working towards a peaceful resolution to the broader conflicts in the region to ensure stability in crucial shipping lanes.

 

This article was created using automation technology and was thoroughly edited and fact-checked by one of our editorial staff members

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