Yemen’s Ansarallah Target American Ship in Largest Attack in Red Sea

Yemeni armed forces continue to target ships headed to Israel. (Image: Palestine Chronicle)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

The Ansarallah have carried out 26 attacks on commercial shipping in the Red Sea since November 19, according to the US military.

The Yemeni armed forces, affiliated with the Ansarallah group, announced on Wednesday the targeting of an American ship providing support to Israel.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, Yahya Saree, the military spokesman for the group, said that the naval forces and the air forces carried out a joint military operation “with a large number of ballistic and naval missiles and drones, targeting an American ship that was providing support to the Zionist entity (Israel – PC).” 

Saree explained that the operation was a preliminary response to what he described as the “treacherous attack” on the Ansarallah naval forces last Sunday by what he described as “US enemy forces.”

The statement added that the Yemeni armed forces will continue to prevent Israeli ships or those heading to Israel from navigating in the Arab and Red Seas, “until the aggression on Gaza stops and the siege is lifted.” 

The US Department of Defense did not issue an immediate comment on Ansarallah’s announcement of targeting the American ship.

British Defense Secretary Grant Shapps announced that UK and US naval forces repelled on Tuesday the largest attack yet by Yemen’s Ansarallah in the Red Sea.

On November 19, the Yemeni group took control of the Israeli ship Galaxy Leader, hauling it and its crew to the Yemeni coast.

Since then, the Ansarallah have carried out 26 attacks on commercial shipping in the Red Sea, according to the US military.

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In a statement in early December, Saree said that “any ships heading to the Zionist entity will be a legitimate target.”

These operations have forced Israeli ships to take more expensive shipping routes around Africa.

International shipping lines said these routes could add 18 days to the time it took Israeli ships before Ansarallah attacks.


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