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Ship taking on water after Houthi strike – Reuters

The Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier MV Laax was hit by missiles fired from Yemen on Tuesday

The bulk carrier MV Laax is taking on water after it was hit by Houthi missiles off the coast of Yemen on Tuesday, Reuters reported, citing security services. The Houthis – a Shia Islamist group that controls a large part of the civil war-stricken Yemen – has been attacking merchant vessels in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza since October.

According to the US Central Command (CENTCOM), the Houthis fired five anti-ship ballistic missiles at the Red Sea. It added that the Greek-owned and Marshall Islands-flagged vessel reported being struck by the three of the missiles but has continued its voyage. The ship did not report any injuries.

The Houthis pledged in March to carry out more attacks on ships linked to the US, UK and Israel that “will have a great impact.” The militants say that they will continue to disrupt the shipping along the waterway that is vital for international trade in response to Israel’s ongoing war against Hamas in Gaza. 

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