The United States conducted another round of strikes against Houthi targets in Yemen, US officials told Reuters.
The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity and did not provide details on the target or how many missiles were launched.
Attacks by the Iran-allied Houthi militia on ships in the region since November have slowed trade between Asia and Europe and alarmed major powers.
The Houthis, who control most of Yemen, say they a reacting in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza and have threatened to expand their attacks to include US ships in response to earlier American and British strikes from last week.
The Us military said that a drone launched from areas controlled by the Houthi rebels in Yemen had struck a US-owned vessel in the Gulf of Aden.
There were no injuries and some damage reported in the attack, the US Central Command said on X, formerly called Twitter. The vessel, M/V Genco Picardy, is “a Marshall Islands flagged, US owned and operated bulk carrier ship,” according to the US Central Command.
The United States returned the Yemen-based Houthi rebels to a list of terrorist groups, as the militants also claimed another attack this week on a US operated vessel in the Red Sea region.
Houthi rebel media also said US and UK forces launched a fourth round of strikes against targets in four areas of Yemen in response to attacks on Red Sea shipping.
“The American-British aggression targeted the governorates of: Al-Hudaydah, Taiz, Dhamar, Al-Bayda and Saada,” the Huthis’ Al-Masirah TV said, referring to the port of Hodeida, the city of Taez and elsewhere.
They vowed to continue targeting Red Sea shipping soon after they said the United States and Britain had carried out a new round of strikes in Yemen.
“We will continue to target Israeli ships heading to the ports of occupied Palestine, no matter how the American-British aggression tries to prevent us from doing so,” a Houthi military official told the rebels’ Al-Masirah TV.