Merchant Ship Attacked; Some Crew Dead

(Patriot.Buzz) – In clear evidence that trying to find common ground and negotiate with terrorists is a useless endeavor, a suspected Houthi aggression targeted a commercial vessel and killed some of its crew members.

This incident marks the first lethal event since the militant group initiated assaults on vessels navigating the Red Sea in November, as reported by several sources.

The assault involved a Houthi ballistic missile hitting the Barbados-flagged, Liberian-owned bulk carrier M/V True Confidence, which resulted in the death of at least two crew members and injuring at least six others, as per a CNN report citing two U.S. officials.

The Associated Press (AP) also confirmed the event caused “fatalities” and led to the crew abandoning the vessel, which marks a major deadly confrontation amid several Houthi operations in opposition to Israel’s military actions in Gaza.

In the wake of the assault, a U.S. official revealed that U.S. Navy vessels and Indian naval forces were dispatched to aid in the rescue operations.

The fact that the crew had to resort to lifeboats for evacuation suggests a worse scenario compared to previous Houthi confrontations, according to a U.S. defense official who asked for anonymity to discuss sensitive information.

The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO), responsible for monitoring maritime incidents for the British military, initially reported the merchant vessel had suffered damages following the strike, with coalition forces responding to the situation.

A separate report by Reuters pointed to three unaccounted-for crew members among the 20 crew and three armed guards onboard and an additional four sailors who suffered severe burn injuries. Afterward, the bulk carrier continued to drift at sea while engulfed in flames.

Following a related incident, a U.S. guided-missile destroyer neutralized drones and a missile launched by the Houthis, as per a statement from the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM).

Additionally, a Houthi missile assault severely damaged the U.K.-owned M/V Rubymar, which was transporting fertilizer, and forced the crew to vacate the vessel, CENTCOM reported. CENTCOM then revealed the Rubymar ultimately sank after remaining still and leaking fuel into the Red Sea for days.

In response to these threats, the United States and the United Kingdom have carried out several preemptive strikes in the Red Sea targeting Houthi missile launchers, weapon storage sites, helicopters and other assets in Yemen.

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