Houthis Responsible For 3 Deaths In Gulf of Aden

March 7, 2024

The Houthis have continued to launch these reckless attacks with no regard for the well-being of innocent civilians who are transiting through the Red Sea and now they have unfortunately and tragically killed innocent civilians.

United States Department of State spokesperson Matthew Miller regarding news that Iranian-backed Houthis killed one Vietnamese and two Filipino crew members in the Gulf of Aden after launching a missile strike on a cargo ship. An Indian Navy ship and U.S. warship assisted in rescuing the crew members, some being seriously injured.

Why It Matters: The Houthis (a Specially Designated Global Terrorist group by the U.S. which has been waging a civil war in Yemen since 2014) killed three sailors on Wednesday on a Barbados-flagged ship known as True Confidence. The attack occurred in the Gulf of Aden (connected to the Red Sea) off the coast of southern Yemen. The Houthis have launched several attacks in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden following the Israel-Hamas war, which broke out five months ago. Wednesday’s attack, however, marks the first deaths since the Houthis’ attacks on maritime ships began, reflecting continued escalation.

Though the ship attacked is Liberian-owned, a Houthi spokesperson called the ship “American,” adding “The Yemeni armed forces persist in upholding their religious, moral and humanitarian duties in supporting the oppressed Palestinian people, and their operations in the Red and Arab Seas will not stop until the aggression stops and the siege on the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip is lifted.”

Read More: Three killed in Houthi missile attack on cargo ship in Gulf of Aden (BBC)

The Houthis claim a deadly attack on a commercial ship off Yemen’s coast (The New York Times)

Houthi missile attack kills 3 crew members in rebels’ first fata assault on shipping (The Associated Press)

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas