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Greek bulker hit by missile as Red Sea attacks continue

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Weapons seized from Dhow to supply Houthi forces
Attacks by Houthi militia on vessels transiting the Red Sea continued on Tuesday with a Greek-owned vessels hit by a missile.

The Malta-flagged 56,894 dwt, bulker Zografia was reportedly hit by a missile in the Red Sea Northwest of the Yemini port of Saleef.

According to reports the bulker, owned by Vulcanus Technical Management. was sailing from Vietnam to Israel with a crew of 24 onboard who were unharmed in the incident.

The latest attacks this week which also included a missile strike on an Eagle Bulk Shipping bulker on Monday and follow US and UK targeted strikes on Houthi positions an attempt to degrade their ability to fire upon commercial shipping in the Red Sea.

Meanwhile US Central Command (Centcom) reported that on 11 January US Navy forces conducted a night-time seizure of a dhow conducting illegal transport of weapons from Iran to resupply Houthi forces.

Items seized included propulsion, guidance, and warheads for Houthi medium range ballistic missiles (MRBMs) and anti-ship cruise missiles (ASCMs), as well as air defense associated components used by the Houthi to attack commercial vessels transiting the Red Sea.

It is the first seizure of conventional weapons being supplied to the Houthis since attacks on commercial shipping started in mid-November 2023. Two US Navy SEALs were lost in the operation.

“It is clear that Iran continues shipment of advanced lethal aid to the Houthis. This is yet another example of how Iran actively sows instability throughout the region in direct violation of UN Security Resolution 2216 and international law,” said US General Michael Erik Kurilla. "We will continue to work with regional and international partners to expose and interdict these efforts, and ultimately to reestablish freedom of navigation.”