Missiles Fired From Yemen Hit US-Owned Cargo Ship

    Missiles Fired From Yemen Hit US-Owned Cargo Ship
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    The Facts

    • A US-owned cargo ship with Marshall Islands flags called the M/V Gibraltar Eagle was struck by a missile launched from a Houthi-controlled part of Yemen and suffered "limited damage," according to the vessel’s US operator Eagle Bulk Shipping

    • According to the UK's Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO), the ship was hit 95 nautical miles southeast of the Yemeni city of Adan.


    The Spin

    Pro-establishment narrative

    The Western coalition has repeatedly warned the Houthi terrorists to not attack civilian cargo ships. Not only are these vessels non-military ships, but many aren't even linked to Israel, despite the Houthis’ claims. By forcing countries to reduce cargo shipments through the Red Sea, the Houthis are sabotaging the global economy, and they must be stopped.

    Establishment-critical narrative

    US and UK strikes aren’t going to deter the Houthis, who are using their stated solidarity with the Palestinians to legitimize themselves on the world stage. Instead, the West should focus on getting Israel to call off its siege of Gaza because attempting to bomb the Houthis into acquiescence isn't likely to work.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 50% chance that Yemen will no longer be classified as being in a state of civil war by January 2028, according to the Metaculus prediction community.



    Establishment split

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