US Navy seizes attackers who held Israel-linked tanker

The US Navy apprehended armed attackers who temporarily captured an Israel-linked tanker off the coast of Yemen, following which missiles were fired at a US vessel aiding the tanker.

The incident: Armed individuals seized the Liberia-flagged Central Park tanker in the Gulf of Aden, before evacuating the ship and attempting to flee on their small boat.
* The mark was managed by Zodiac Maritime, and the crew and the vessel, which was transporting phosphoric acid, were unharmed.
* Ballistic missiles were fired from Houthi-controlled Yemen, landing approximately 10 nautical miles from the US warship aiding the tanker.
* The forces, including the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Mason, managed to get the attackers to surrender.

Beliefs on the attackers’ identity: Yemen’s internationally recognized government accused the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels of initiating both the seizure and the missile attack.
* Houthi rebels have yet to acknowledge these events.
* The Yemeni government label these actions as acts of maritime piracy performed by Houthi militias with the support of the Iranian regime.
* The location of the event is under control of the Yemeni government’s forces and is far from Houthi-controlled territory in the country.

The targeted company’s background: Zodiac Maritime is owned by Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer’s Zodiac Group, and it has been previously targeted amid a shadow war between Iran and Israel.
* In 2021, an Iran-employed drone attack killed two crew members aboard Zodiac’s oil tanker Mercer Street off the coast of Oman.
* Another Zodiac related vessel was seized by the Houthis earlier in November.

Ongoing regional tension: This event takes place amidst growing maritime conflict, as the Israel-Hamas war threatens to expand into a broader regional conflict.
* As a result, global shipping has increasingly been targeted.
* Ships have started turning off their Automatic Identification System trackers due to possible targeting.
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