A MISSILE launched from Houthi-controlled territory in Yemen has struck a commercial tanker in the Red Sea.

Two US officials told Reuters on Monday the missile caused a fire and damage on the tanker, which Dryad Global has identified as the Norwegian-flagged Strinda (IMO 9330771).

The officials did not report any casualties. They said the US destroyer USS Mason attended the scene and rendered aid.

In a social media post on Saturday, Houthi spokesperson Yahya Sare’e said Yemeni Armed Forces would target all ships sailing to Israel, regardless of nationality.

He warned all ships and companies to avoid dealing with Israeli ports.

Reuters said it was not immediately clear whether the Strinda had any ties to Israel or was bound for an Israeli port.

This attack is the latest in a series that began with the hijacking of Galaxy Leader in November and, earlier this month, attacks on three other commercial ships.

The Houthis are a Yemeni militia with connections to Iran. They control most of western Yemen including the capital Sana’a and much of the country’s Red Sea coast.