Biden designates Houthis as a global terrorist group in wake of Red Sea attacks

Photo: Protest against the United States-led airstrikes in Yemen

Yemen’s Houthis targeted the Liberian-flagged ship Pinocchio in the Red Sea with missiles on March 11. According to database by Marine Traffic and US central command, the Pinocchio is a Liberian-flagged container ship that is owned by a Singapore-owned company.

The U.S. military confirmed in the early hours of the morning that Yemen’s Houthis fired two anti-ship ballistic missiles at the Pinocchio cargo ship in the Red Sea, but said there were no casualties or damage.

“Between 8:50 a.m. and 12:50 p.m. (Sanaa time) on March 11, Iranian-backed Houthi terrorists fired two anti-ship ballistic missiles from Houthi-controlled areas of into the Red Sea toward merchant vessel Pinocchio, a Singaporean-owned, Liberian-flagged ship. The missiles did not impact the vessel and there were no injuries or damage reported,” reported the US central command centcom.

In accordance with the latest data from Marine Traffic the vessel’s departure from Jeddah was March 9 with estimated date of arrival at Suez Canal on March 16.

Meanwhile, the US on Monday conducted six self-defense strikes destroying an unmanned underwater vessel and 18 anti-ship missiles in Houthi controlled areas of Yemen.

As it is reported by the U.S. military, “It was determined these weapons presented an imminent threat to merchant vessels and U.S. Navy ships in the region. These actions are taken to protect freedom of navigation and make international waters safer and more secure for U.S. Navy and merchant vessels.”