Houthi strike damages cargo ship

DUBAI: Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthis said on Monday they had targeted a cargo ship in the Red Sea, the latest such strike since the start of the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza.

The Houthis identified the vessel as the Star Iris. The group’s military spokesman, Yahya Saree, said in a televised statement the ship was American but maritime-shipping trackers said the Marshall Islands-flagged ship was Greek-owned.

The British maritime security firm Ambrey and the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) agency said earlier on Monday that a Marshall Islands-flagged, Greece-owned bulk carrier had been targeted by missiles in two incidents while pasing through the Bab al-Mandab Strait. The bulker was reportedly hit and suffered damage to its the starboard side, Ambrey said.

Hezbollah official injured

A local Hezbollah official was seriously wounded on Monday in an Israeli air strike on his car in southern Lebanon, a Lebanese security source told AFP.

The source said an Israeli strike “targeted a local Hezbollah official in the town of Bint Jbeil” and the official was “seriously injured”. Lebanon’s official National News Agency meanwhile said “an enemy drone targeted a car near the hospital” in Bint Jbeil, which is near the country’s southern border with Israel.

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