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The Houthi armed forces claimed to have launched multiple missiles and accurately hit two container ships owned by MSC.

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Latest information: Yahya Saraya, spokesman for the Yemeni Houthi armed forces, issued a statement on social media X (formerly Twitter) on April 7, local time, saying:

The Houthi armed forces have launched multiple attacks on British and Israeli merchant ships and US warships in the past 72 hours, and successfully hit multiple container merchant ships!

The spokesperson said: The Houthi armed forces conducted a precise strike on a British container ship named "HOPE ISLAND" that was sailing in the Red Sea. They launched multiple missiles and successfully hit the target!

At the same time, the Houthi armed forces also carried out targeted attacks on two Israeli ships that were said to be heading to occupied Palestinian ports. One of the container ships named "MSC GRACE F" was attacked. Located in the Indian Ocean, another container ship named MSC GINA was located in the Arabian Sea when it was attacked.

This operation used a number of ballistic missiles and wing-mounted missiles, and successfully hit the two container ships mentioned above!

Ship information shows that the three attacked merchant ships are all container ships, among which the MSC GINA and MSC GRACE F are managed and operated by the shipping company Mediterranean Shipping MSC.

Saraya said that the Houthis armed forces used multiple ballistic missiles and cruise missiles to attack the three merchant ships. But he did not disclose the specific time of the attack.

Saraya also emphasized that the Houthi armed forces also attacked a number of U.S. warships cruising in the Red Sea in the past three days.

In addition, the British Maritime Trade Office (UKMTO) also released successive reports of ship attacks on April 6 and 7.

UKMTO reported that an attack on a merchant ship occurred on the 6th 60 nautical miles southwest of Hodeidah, Yemen.
The captain reported that two missiles were sighted near the ship. The first one was intercepted by coalition forces, and the second one crashed into the water some distance away from the ship.

UKMTO reported that an attack on a merchant ship occurred 59 nautical miles southwest of Aden, Yemen, on the 7th. The captain reported that a missile hit the waters near the stern of the ship.

Information from Shipping News Network shows: MSC GINA was built in 1999 with a capacity of 4056TEU and flies the Panama flag. It is currently deployed by MSC on the EXTRA VESSELS route, which calls at Colombo, Berbera, and Sierra Ports such as Salalah and Djibouti.

MSC GRACE F was built in 1991 and flies the Panama flag. It is currently deployed by MSC on the Kenya-Tanzania JUA EXPRESS route.

The HOPE ISLAND was built in 2006, with a capacity of 3,534 TEU, and flew the flag of the Marshall Islands. It crossed the Suez Canal and entered the Red Sea on April 2. It was attacked near Hodeidah, Yemen, on the 6th.

According to a statement issued by the U.S. Central Command on the 7th, the U.S. military successfully destroyed a mobile surface-to-air missile system in the area controlled by the Houthi armed forces on the 6th and shot down a drone over the Red Sea. A coalition ship successfully "intercepted and destroyed an approaching anti-ship missile" on the afternoon of the 6th.

After a new round of Palestinian-Israeli conflict broke out in October last year, Yemen's Houthi armed forces used drones and missiles to attack targets in the Red Sea many times. Since January 12 this year, the United States and the United Kingdom have launched multiple air strikes against Houthi armed targets, causing casualties. Some countries condemned the actions of the United States and Britain, believing that this was a violation of Yemen's sovereignty and would aggravate regional tensions.

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