Greek-flagged M/V Sea Champion sustains minor damage in Houthi missile attack

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Iranian-backed Houthi terrorists fired two anti-ship ballistic missiles at a Greek-flagged ship headed to Yemen to deliver grain on Monday, causing minor damage, according to U.S. Central Command.

Despite the minor damage on the U.S.-owned M/V Sea Champion, the ship continued on course to Aden in Yemen, where it ultimately delivered the grain for the benefit of the Yemeni people.

Central Command said the M/V Sea Champion has delivered humanitarian aid to the country 11 times over the past five years.

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Cargo ship in the Red Sea

A cargo ship in the Middle East.  (Mati Milstein / NurPhoto via Getty Images / File)

“Houthi aggression in the region has exacerbated already high levels of need in conflict-impacted Yemen, which remains one of the largest humanitarian crises in the world, with nearly 80 percent of the entire population needing humanitarian assistance,” Central Command said. “We are committed to countering the Houthis’ malign activities, which directly endanger the imports of foodstuff and humanitarian aid to Yemen.”

Another ship in the Gulf of Aden, the British-registered, Lebanese-operated Rubymar, sustained damage on Sunday after “an explosion in close proximity to the vessel.”

The explosion was reportedly caused by two missiles fired at the ship by Houthi rebels and resulted in the ship taking on water.

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Houthi supporters rally in Yemen

Houthi supporters attend a rally in support of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and against the U.S.-led airstrikes on Yemen, in Sanaa, Yemen. The Houthis have conducted multiple attacks on vessels in the Red Sea. (AP Photo / Osamah Abdulrahman / File)

The crew was able to evacuate the vessel safely.

Houthi Brig. Gen. Yahya Saree later issued a statement claiming the rebel group’s responsibility for the attack, saying the vessel was “now at risk of potentially sinking.” 

“The ship suffered catastrophic damages and came to a complete halt,” Saree said. 

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Cargo ship Rubymar

The cargo ship Rubymar, carrying Ukrainian grain, is seen in the Black Sea in 2022. (Reuters / Mehmet Emin Calsikan / File)

The Houthis also claimed to have downed an American drone Monday in the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah, according to Reuters. U.S. Central Command, which operates in the region, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital. 

The Houthis last November took out a U.S. MQ-9 Reaper drone near the Yemeni coast. 

The reported attacks come after the U.S. launched five “self-defense” airstrikes against a series of Houthi rebel positions in Yemen on Saturday. 

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The strikes targeted three anti-ship missile batteries, one unmanned underwater vessel (UUV) and another unmanned surface vessel (USV), U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) announced Sunday. 

“This is the first observed Houthi employment of a UUV since attacks began on Oct. 23,” CENTCOM said in a statement. 

Fox News Digital’s Greg Norman contributed to this report.

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