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Yemen’s Huthis say US-owned ship hit with missiles as US redesignates them global terrorists

The dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) transits the Strait of Hormuz on April 3, 2020. The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and Pacific through the Western Indian Ocean and the three strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew Waters/Released)

This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission.

Yemen’s Huthi movement on January 17 targeted a U.S. ship with missiles resulting in a “direct hit,” the group’s military spokesman said, even as the United States will put the Huthis back on a list of “specially designated global terrorist groups” due to their repeated attacks on international shipping.

“The naval forces will not hesitate to target all sources of threat in the Red and Arabian sea within the legitimate right to defend Yemen and to continue supporting the oppressed Palestinian people,” spokesman Yahya Sarea said in a statement that identified the ship hit as the U.S. Genco Picardy bulk carrier.

“These attacks against international shipping have endangered mariners, disrupted the free flow of commerce, and interfered with navigational rights and freedoms,” U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a January 17 statement, adding that the Huthis “must be held accountable for their actions.” The designation takes effect in 30 days.