The Pentagon has revealed than an American-owned commercial vessel has come under attack in the Red Sea. It happened Thursday, the same day that President Biden admitted the US-led Prosperity Guardian has not halted the attacks out of Yemen. “Are they stopping the Houthis? No. Are they going to continue? Yes,” Biden conceded in surprisingly blunt Thursday comments.
The US-owned, Greek-operated Chem Ranger was targeted by a pair of anti-ship ballistic missiles, in what was the third such attack on international shipping in three days. “The crew observed the missiles impact the water near the ship. There were no reported injuries or damage to the ship,” Central Command said.
This follows closely on the heels of attacks on the US-owned Gibraltar Eagle and the Genco Picardy in the days prior, both which sail under Marshall Islands flags. The Houthis have declared that “we are now in direct confrontation with the US and UK” in the Red Sea, according to the Thursday words of Houthi chief Abdul-Malik al-Houthi.