Yemen’s Houthis Claim Missile strike On Oil Tanker In Red Sea

Four anti-ship ballistic missiles launched from Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen into the Red Sea on Friday and Saturday.

As it is assessed at least three of the missiles were launched towards the commercial vessel Pollux, a Panamanian-flagged and registered, Denmark-owned vessel. There were no reported injuries or damage from the Pollux or any other ship in the area, U.S Central Command (Centcom) said.

Additionally, Centcom conducted two self-defense strikes against one mobile anti-ship cruise missile and one mobile unmanned surface vessel (USV) in Yemen.

The crude oil tanker Pollux was hit by the Houthis forces as claimed by the Houthi spokesperson of the Yemeni armed forces Yahya Saree.

“The naval forces of the Yemeni Armed Forces carried out a targeting operation against a British oil ship (Pollux) in the Red Sea with a large number of appropriate naval missiles, and the strikes were accurate and direct,” he said.

As it is also revealed by both sides another ship was a target by Houthis last week.

An anti-ship ballistic missile was launched on February 15 from Houthi controlled areas of Yemen into the Gulf of Aden. The missile was headed toward the Lycavitos, a Barbados-flagged, UK-owned and operated bulk carrier, as it is said by Centcom. The ship reported no injuries, and a minor damage and continued its voyage.

The news came to light also by the Houthis spokesperson who claimed that the naval forces of the Yemeni Armed Forces carried out a military operation targeting a British ship, “Lycavitos,” while it was sailing in the Gulf of Aden.

“The operation was carried out with appropriate naval missiles, and the strikes were direct,” it was said.