Houthis hit a U.S.-owned ship
Houthi fighters fired a missile yesterday that caused limited damage to a U.S.-owned cargo vessel off the coast of Yemen, the U.S. military said.
The missile attack came a day after the Iranian-backed Houthis tried to hit a U.S. Navy ship in the Red Sea. The Houthis, who say they are acting in solidarity with the Palestinians in Gaza, have launched four anti-ship cruise or ballistic missiles in four separate attacks since the U.S.-led strikes began last week.
U.S. forces are bracing for much larger retaliatory attacks from the Houthi militants, and are preparing a set of escalating responses, senior U.S. military officials said. The escalation has stirred fears that the Israel-Hamas war will spread further into the Middle East. But for now, it seems that the U.S. and Iran are trying not to put their forces in direct combat.
Details: The missile fired yesterday hit the Gibraltar Eagle, a bulk carrier owned by a U.S. company and flagged to the Marshall Islands, that had been sailing in the Gulf of Aden, south of Yemen.
Other news from the Israel-Hamas war:
Hamas released a video of three hostages and said it would announce their fate, an apparent effort to pressure Israel to secure their release.
A car-ramming attack near Tel Aviv yesterday killed one person and injured 17 others. Two Palestinian men were arrested, the Israeli police said.
An Israeli soccer player in Turkey was briefly detained and suspended from the soccer club after showing his support for Israel during a game.