12 March 2024
Freight News

Three Merchant Ship Crew Killed in Latest Houthi Missile Attacks

Three seafarers have been killed in the latest attack by Iranian-backed Houthi militia against cargo vessels transiting the Red Sea.

U.S. Central Command (Centcom) confirmed a Barbados-flagged bulk carrier, True Confidence, was hit by a ballistic missile (ASBM) on Wednesday, killing three crew members and injuring at least four – three critically.

Houthi spokesperson Yahya Saree said the attacks against commercial shipping would only cease when the “siege on the Palestinian people in Gaza is lifted.” However, question marks have dogged Houthi claims that the attacks are spurred only by Israel’s assault on the Palestinian enclave.

According to reports, True Confidence’s owner, Liberia-registered True Confidence Shipping, and operator Greek shipping line Third January Maritime said the vessel had no ties to Israel, the U.S. or any of the nations singled out by Houthi attacks.

Nor is this the first time the Houthi group has seemingly failed to properly identify a vessel as having ties to those it is targeting.

Read more in an article from The Loadstar.

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