The Houthis have claimed responsibility for firing several missiles at the American bulk carrier, Star Iris, in the Red Sea. This was announced by Houthi spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Sari, who stated that the strikes were accurate and direct. According to the MarineTraffic website, the Star Iris flies under the flag of the Marshall Islands and was reported to be in the Red Sea about two days ago.
Earlier this week, a Greek cargo ship flying under the same flag as Star Iris was attacked by two missiles while sailing through the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, which connects the Red Sea to the Indian Ocean. The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) declared an “incident” in this area and advised vessels to exercise caution while navigating it. The UKMTO also urged all ships to report any suspicious activity to them.
Despite no further details being available at this time, authorities are investigating these attacks on maritime security in this region. It is crucial that vessels remain vigilant and work together with authorities to ensure safety and security for shipping in this area.