Yemen: Verbena Ukrainian Ship hit by Houtis missiles, SANK in Gulf of Aden. US Destroyer Attacked

Yemen: Verbena Ukrainian Ship hit by Houtis missiles, SANK in Gulf of Aden. US Destroyer Attacked


In the cover image the Houthi missiles struck the commercial ship n the Gulf of Aden (photo by Metro Vaartha)

by Gospa News Editorial Staff

«The Yemeni army has announced that one of the ships targeted in its latest military operations in international waters has sunk, while the other is at risk of sinking. In a statement on Saturday, Army Spokesman Yahya Saree said that the ships, named Verbena and Tutor, were targeted in the past 72 hours» Iranian IRNA (Islamic Republic News Agency) reported.

In another statement Yemeni spokesman said that Tutor, a Liberian flagged, Greek owned and operated bulk cargo carrier, that was struck on June 12, sank in the Red Sea too.

Yemen Army Spokesman Yahya Saree

Verbena has sunk in the Gulf of Aden after it was hit by several missiles, he said, adding that Tutor was struck by several missiles and drones, and is at risk of sinking “within the coming hours”.  Saree did not say where Tutor was hit.

The Yemeni army official said that both vessels were heading towards Israeli-occupied ports and thus violated Yemeni warnings against approaching those ports.  

The crew of Verbana left this bulk carrier due to the continued fire

Meanwhile, US Central Command (CENTCOM) announced on Sunday morning that the crew of Verbana left this bulk carrier due to the continued fire and inability to contain it.

CENTCOM wrote in a statement on the X social network that “On June 13 Iranian-backed Houthis struck the M/V Verbana, a Palauan-flagged, Ukrainian-owned, Polish-operated bulk cargo carrier in two separate missile attacks.”

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The statement added: Today (Saturday), at approximately 1:45 p.m (Sanaa time), the crew of the ship issued a distressed call indicating they were abandoning the ship. M/V Anna Meta responded to render assistance. Anna Meta has recovered the marines is transporting them to safety. The crew abandoned the ship due to continued fires and inability to contain them”.

CENTCOM also claimed without providing proof that “the Iranian frigate IRIN Jamaran was eight nautical miles from M/V Verbana and did not respond to the distress call”.

The statements from CENTCOM followed the announcement by the Yemeni army spokesman about the fate of the two ships bound for occupied Palestine and were targeted on Saturday night.

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Yemen launched its military operations in the high seas in mid-November in an effort to force the Israeli regime to stop its war on Gaza and lift its blockade of the Palestinian territory.

The Yemeni army says its operations only target Israeli ships or any vessels that head towards ports in the occupied territories, rejecting Western allegations that the operations pose a threat to international shipping.

Houthis Say Attacked US Destroyer, 2 Ships in Red, Arabian Seas

Yemen’s Ansar Allah rebel movement, also known as the Houthis, said that it had attacked a US destroyer and two commercial vessels in the Red and Arabian Seas.

The missile unit and naval forces of our Yemeni armed forces carried out two military operations in the Red Sea,” Houthi military spokesman Yahya Saree said on Sunday.

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The spokesman said that the Houthis fired missiles at a US destroyer and the Captain Paris vessel in the Red Sea. He also added that the movement attacked with drones the Happy Condor vessel in the Arabian Sea.

Yemeni armed forces targeted 145 ships linked to Israel, the US, and the UK

Yahya Saree reiterated that the Yemeni armed forces will continue to expand their operations and enhance military capabilities in support and defense of the Palestinian people in Gaza.

The leader of Yemen’s ruling Ansarallah resistance movement, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, revealed on 13 June that the Yemeni armed forces targeted 145 ships linked to Israel, the US, and the UK since the start of Sanaa’s pro-Palestine operations in November.

The number includes 11 naval operations and two military operations “deep inside Israel” conducted over the past week, which used “31 ballistic and winged missiles, drones, and military boats.”

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Separately, Head of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council Mahdi al-Mashat said on Saturday night that the country’s armed forces will continue their land, sea and air operations against the Zionist regime.

“We condemn all the crimes committed by Zionists, Americans and Westerners against the Palestinian people,” he said.

Al-Mashat once again emphasized on continuing to fully support the Palestinian people in their resistance until the complete liberation of the occupied land, the expulsion of the aggressors and the liberation of Al-Aqsa Mosque.



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