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This Video Does Not Show a Houthi Strike on an American Ship in Bab-el-Mandeb

Ahmed Sabry Ahmed Sabry
29th January 2024
This Video Does Not Show a Houthi Strike on an American Ship in Bab-el-Mandeb
The video is unrelated to any Houthi attacks (X)

The Claim

A video shows a Houthi Strike on American Ship in Bab-el-Mandeb.


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Users on social media have been circulating a video clip purportedly showing scenes of an American ship allegedly targeted by the Houthis in the Bab-el-Mandeb.

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigated the circulating video and found the claim to be misleading. 

Misbar's team found that the video dates back to a fire incident on the USS Bonhomme Richard warship while it was docked at the American base in San Diego on July 14, 2020.

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According to the description provided by AP on YouTube, a significant number of sailors are currently engaged in battling a fire onboard the USS Bonhomme Richard, a Navy warship stationed in San Diego. 

The incident has resulted in thick smoke engulfing the downtown area. Approximately 400 sailors, along with assistance from external fire agencies and Navy helicopters, are actively working to extinguish the flames. Officials have noted that the fire has reached temperatures as high as 1,000 degrees. The fire is situated two levels above the ship's fuel reserves, which consist of approximately one million gallons of oil that could potentially leak in the event of a rupture. In preparation for such an occurrence, the U.S. Coast Guard has enlisted the services of a cleanup team to deploy a containment boom.

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Houthi Militants Launch Missile Attack on Oil Tanker in Gulf of Aden

The circulation of the claim came in the background of the incident in the vital shipping route of the Gulf of Aden as an oil tanker, the British vessel Marlin Luanda, caught fire following a missile attack by Yemen's Houthi militants. The operator of the tanker reported that it had been struck by a missile while navigating the Red Sea, resulting in a fire in one cargo tank on the starboard side. The Iran-backed Houthi militants have claimed responsibility for the attack, citing it as a response to perceived "American-British aggression" against Yemen and in solidarity with the Palestinian people.

Trafigura, the commodities group that manages the ship is closely monitoring the situation and has stated that military vessels are en route to provide assistance. The British government has not yet issued a formal statement regarding the attack. According to the U.S. Central Command, the distressed ship issued a distress call and reported damage after Houthi militants launched an anti-ship ballistic missile from a region in Yemen under their control.

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