U.S. Navy Forced To Medically Evacuate Crew After Cargo Ship Hit By Multiple Missiles

The United States Navy had to rescue a crew member on a cargo ship that came under attack by Iranian-backed terrorists on Thursday in the Gulf of Aden.

The Houthis hit the M/V Verbena — a Palauan-flagged, Ukrainian-owned, Polish-operated bulk cargo carrier — with two anti-ship cruise missiles (ASCM), causing damage and fires aboard the ship.

“The crew continues to fight the fire. One civilian mariner was severely injured during the attack,” U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) said in a statement. “Aircraft from USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) medically evacuated the injured mariner to a partner force ship nearby for medical attention.”

The Houthis have been emboldened by President Joe Biden’s refusal to hold them accountable for their terrorist attacks by launching the type of strikes needed to deter further aggression.

“This continued reckless behavior by the Iranian-backed Houthis threatens regional stability and endangers the lives of mariners across the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden,” the statement said. “The Houthis claim to be acting on behalf of Palestinians in Gaza and yet they are targeting and threatening the lives of third country nationals who have nothing to do with the conflict in Gaza.”

“The ongoing threat to the ability to safely transit the region caused by the Houthis makes it harder to deliver critical assistance to the people of Yemen as well as to Gaza,” the statement concluded. “U.S. CENTCOM will continue to act with partners to hold the Houthis accountable and degrade their military capabilities.”The attack comes as another Iranian-backed terrorist group, Hezbollah, fired more than 300 rockets into northern Israel over the last 48 hours.

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