Houthi Rebels Kills Innocent Civilians In Missile Attack

Iranian-backed Houthi terrorists reportedly killed civilians on Wednesday as they continue their string of terror attacks against merchant ships in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.

According to U.S. Central Command, Houthi rebels launched an anti-ship ballistic missile toward a Barbados-flagged, Liberian-owned bulk carrier which had been transiting the Gulf of Aden. The missile, which was launched at about 11:30 a.m., struck the vessel identified as M/V True Confidence, leading to three deaths.

According to the owners and managers of the True Confidence, the deceased victims included one Vietnamese and two Filipinos.

Four people in the vessel were injured, with three of them in critical condition, according to CENTCOM. The crew had reportedly abandoned the ship after the missile hit and deployed lifeboats. They were assisted by U.S. military and the Indian navy, who were on the scene.

Detailing the attack which cause the ship significant damage, CENTCOM said in a statement, “The crew abandoned the ship and coalition warships responded and are assessing the situation.”

“This is the fifth ASBM fired by Houthis in the last two days. Two of these ASBMs impacted two shipping vessels — M/V MSC Sky II and M/V True Confidence — and one ASBM was shot down by USS Carney (DDG 64),” the agency added, noting that the continued attacks against cargo ships and chemical tankers by Houthis have “disrupted global trade and taken the lives of international seafarers.”

Since November, the terrorists have launched over 50 attacks against cargo ships and chemical tankers in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. Tuesday’s fatalities would be the first tme the group would kill civilians since it began its attacks.

The attack came a day after an anti-ship ballistic missile that the Houthis fired at the USS Carney (DDG 64) in the Red Sea was shot down by CENTCOM. Three one-way attack unmanned aerial systems were also shot down.

CENTCOM responded to the attack later that day, by destroying three anti-ship missiles and three unmanned surface vessels.