Washington
2 January 2024

CENTCOM reported that “Iranian-backed Houthis fired two anti-ship ballistic missiles from Houthi controlled areas in Yemen into the Southern Red Sea. Multiple commercial ships in the area reported the impact of the ASBMs into the surrounding water though none have reported any damage”. The following day, a Houthi military spokesperson claimed that they had targeted an Israel-bound vessel, identified as CMA CGM Tage. He further asserted the Houthis would “continue to prevent Israeli ships or those heading to the ports of occupied Palestine from navigating in the Red and Arab Seas”, while reiterating that “any American aggression will not go unanswered or punished” and warning “against any attack or measure that represents protection for commercial ships that go to the Zionist entity”.

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