JEDDAH: Global retail chains based in Europe urged the EU on Friday to take urgent steps to halt Houthi attacks on commercial shipping in the Red Sea that are disrupting international trade.
Missile and drone strikes by the Iran-backed militia since mid-November have forced shipping companies to reroute container vessels, disrupting supply chains for companies reliant on the Suez Canal to ship products from Asia to Europe and the US.
Source: Store chains urge action to halt Houthi attacks in Red Sea
CAIRO: A Panamanian-flagged tanker carrying crude oil bound for India was struck with a missile in the Red Sea, the US State Department said on Friday.
The missile launched from Yemen hit the M/T Pollux on its port side, according to the State Department.
Earlier on Friday, the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) agency and British maritime security firm Ambrey said a Panama-flagged tanker had reportedly been hit 72 nautical miles (133 km) northwest of the port of Mokha, off Yemen.
Source: India-bound oil tanker hit by missile in Red Sea attack
BRUSSELS: EU foreign ministers will meet Monday in Brussels to formally launch a naval mission to help protect international shipping in the Red Sea against attacks from Yemenâs Houthis, officials said.
The Houthis, who control much of war-torn Yemen, have been attacking the vital shipping lane since November in a campaign they say is in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza amid the Israel-Hamas war.
An EU official said Friday that the bloc aims to have the mission â called Aspides, Greek for shield â up and running in a âfew weeksâ with at least four vessels.
Source: EU to launch mission to protect Red Sea shipping Monday
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ABOARD THE USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER: Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and its accompanying warships have spent four months straight at sea defending against ballistic missiles and flying attack drones fired by Iranian-backed Houthis, and are now more regularly also defending against a new threat â fast unmanned vessels that are fired at them through the water.
While the Houthis have launched unmanned surface vessels, or USVs, in the past, they were used for the first time against US military and commercial in the Red Sea on Jan. 4.
Source: On the USS Eisenhower, 4 months of combat at sea facing Houthi missiles and a new sea threat
UNITED NATIONS: Russia and China on Wednesday accused the United States and Britain of illegally attacking military sites used by Yemenâs Houthi rebels to launch missiles at commercial vessels in the Red Sea, disrupting global shipping.
Source: Russia and China clash with US and UK at UN over attacks on Yemen rebels for strikes on Red Sea ships
RIYADH: Yemenâs Houthi rebels have fired two missiles at a ship in the Bab Al-Mandeb strait, the US military said early on Tuesday.
The MV Star Iris, a Greek-owned, Marshall Islands-flagged cargo vessel transiting the Red Sea carrying corn from Brazil, suffered minor damage but the crew were not hurt, according to US Central Command.
Source: Houthis fire two missiles at ship in Bab Al-Mandeb early Tuesday: US military
RIYADH: Saudi Arabiaâs Project Masam cleared 784 mines in Yemen â which had been planted by the Iran-backed Houthi militia â between Feb. 3 and 9, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Monday.Â
Overseen by the Kingdomâs aid agency KSrelief, the projectâs special teams destroyed 623 items of unexploded ordnance, 129 anti-tank mines, 29 improvised explosive devices, and three anti-personnel mines.
The explosives, which were planted indiscriminately by the Houthis across Yemen, posed a threat to civilians, including children, women and the elderly.
Source: Saudi project clears 784 Houthi mines in Yemen