Yemeni Armed Forces Strike Israeli-Linked Ship in Red Sea

Brigadier General Yahya Saree, the spokesman for the Yemeni Armed Forces (YAF) announced that the attack occurred after the ship's crew refused to heed warnings from the YAF.

The Yemeni Armed Forces (YAF) have struck an Israeli-linked ship in the Red Sea as part of a series of attacks in the critical waterway in support of Palestinians in Gaza.

In a broadcasted speech on Wednesday, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, the spokesman for the Yemeni Armed Forces, announced the attack and explained: “In support of the oppression faced by the Palestinian people under invasion and siege, the Yemeni naval forces targetted the ship ‘CMA CGM TAGE,’ which was heading towards the occupied ports of Palestine.”

Saree added that the attack happened after the ship’s crew did not respond to warning calls from the YAF.

He vowed that strikes against Israeli-linked vessels would continue until the aggression on Gaza by “Israel” ceased. 

Saree reaffirmed that navigation was secure “for all ships worldwide, except those affiliated with ‘Israel'” and warned that any provocation from the United States would be met with a response.

Earlier on Sunday, the Yemeni Armed Forces (YAF) announced that ten of its Navy members were either killed or reported missing after US forces in the Red Sea carried out an attack on three Yemeni Naval speed boats, which were carrying out “their duty” in preventing Israeli and Israeli ports-bound ships from sailing through the Red Sea.

US fails to garner shipping companies’ trust

Under the pretext that the Yemeni Armed Forces (YAF) are endangering international trade, the US rushed to form a coalition, hoping to deter the Yemeni people from supporting Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. The YAF clarified on every possible occasion that their operations would only target Israeli-owned vessels or ships heading to Israeli ports via the Red and Arabian seas.

Previously, Saree said, “We caution all nations against getting involved or cooperating with the United States in protecting the Zionist enemy’s ships.”

The YAF operations come in line with the nation’s unwavering support for the Palestinian people, who are experiencing a blatant US-backed and Israeli-executed genocide. Yemen took a remarkable initiative despite a 9-year-long war on its territories, which has seen thousands killed and millions living under cruel circumstances, due to a Saudi-US imposed siege.

Iran’s deployment of warship ‘boldest move yet’ in the face of US

Bloomberg report on Tuesday highlighted that Iran’s deployment of a warship to the Red Sea is “its most daring action” yet to defy US forces in the vital commerce route in support of the Yemeni Armed Forces’ operations. 

An advanced destroyer belonging to the Iranian Navy entered the Red Sea through Bab al-Mandab Strait on Monday, Tasnim reported earlier Monday.

Some of the largest shipping firms have stopped sailing through the Suez Canal, rerouting around the Cape of Good Hope and exacerbating delivery delays between Europe and Asia.

Kevjn Lim, a “Tel Aviv”-based analyst at S&P Global Market Intelligence, said Iran is not showing “a willingness to deescalate, so we’re likely to see further targeting of commercial assets and US maritime ships going forward.

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