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Houthi Rebels Escalate Attacks, Damaging International Shipping

Houthi rebels’ aggression in Yemen intensifies as they target international shipping, causing significant damage to a Belize-flagged vessel in the vital Bab el-Mandeb Strait. The attack on the Rubymar prompts crew evacuation, raising concerns about maritime security in the region. Additionally, the rebels claim to have shot down an American MQ-9 Reaper drone, marking another escalation in their confrontation with the United States.

The incident underscores the volatile situation in Yemen, with ongoing airstrikes by the U.S. targeting rebel positions. The Houthis’ use of anti-ship missiles and drone attacks heightens tensions and poses a threat to commercial shipping lanes, impacting trade routes between Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. Despite international efforts to contain the conflict, the situation remains precarious, with the rebels demonstrating their capabilities to disrupt maritime activities and challenge regional stability.