Israel denies this
“We officially deny Hamas’s lies that the hostages were killed following our attacks,” but “we know that we targeted and destroyed terrorist infrastructure located near where they were held.” This was stated by Israeli army spokesman Daniel Hajari, commenting on the video published by the Al-Qassam Brigades, in which it announced the killing of two hostages as a result of the Israeli raids on Gaza. “We have informed the families of our deep concern for the fate of Itay Sabersky and another hostage. The spokesman added: “It is possible that they are dead.”
Hamas video with Nawa: “Hostages killed in raids by our Israeli forces”
Two of the hostages who appeared last night in a Hamas video were killed “in raids by the Israel Defense Forces.” This is said by Noa Argamani, the girl who was kidnapped at a dance party on October 7, where she was kidnapped by terrorists on a motorcycle. In the video, which was not published by Israel, pictures of the two dead, Yossi Sharabi and Itai Svirsky, can be seen.
Hamas publishes a video showing two martyred hostages
Yossi Sharabi and Itai Svirsky, two of the three hostages who appeared in the video published by Hamas last night, have died. Quality Argamani, the kidnapped girl who appeared in the same video posted by the terrorist organization on the Telegram application, explains this in a new video she posted this evening. In today's video – which was not released in Israel – you can see images of the two lifeless male hostages. According to Arjamani's account, which could not be verified, the two “were killed in two separate Israeli bombings.”
An American cargo ship was hit, causing limited damage
The ship Gibraltar Eagle was hit by an “unidentified projectile” off the coast of Yemen. That's simply what US-based Eagle Bulk Shipping is saying, the BBC reports. The ship, which transports steel products, “suffered limited damage to one warehouse, but it is stable and is leaving the area.” According to what was announced, there were no injuries among the crew members. According to Central Command, at approximately 4 p.m. Sanaa time, Yemen's Houthis – whom Iran accuses of supporting – launched an anti-ship ballistic missile against the ship from areas of the Arab country under their control.
The Red Sea: A meeting between Tajani, Crocetto and Mantovano
This afternoon, a coordination meeting was held at Shigi Palace between the Council Presidency and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Defense to discuss the main elements of the crisis in the wider Mediterranean region, in particular the security situation for navigation in the Red Sea. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani, Defense Minister Guido Crosetto and Presidential Undersecretary Alfredo Mantovano compared the analyzes conducted by their departments and agreed on guidelines that will be proposed at upcoming international meetings, in particular the European Affairs Council on January 22 where the formation of a European naval force dedicated to the protection of… Commercial ships in the Red Sea region.
USA: Our merchant ship was hit by a ballistic missile
An anti-ship ballistic missile fired by the Houthis in Yemen struck the Gibraltar Eagle, a Marshall Islands-flagged container ship, owned and operated by the United States, today at 4pm local time in Sanaa. US Central Command announced this on X. The ship reported no casualties or major damage as it continued its voyage. Two hours ago, US Central Command reported that US forces intercepted an anti-ship ballistic missile launched towards commercial routes in the southern Red Sea. The missile fell during its flight and crashed in Yemen without causing any injuries or damage.
Meloni listens to the Prime Minister of Lebanon: “Strengthening mediation”
“Today, Prime Minister Georgia Meloni held a phone call with the Prime Minister of Lebanon, Najib Mikati.” Palazzo Chigi reported this, explaining that “during the exchange of views, the latest developments in the ongoing crisis were discussed and the two leaders’ desire to avoid expanding the conflict in Gaza was emphasized. In particular, President Meloni discussed how to strengthen the ongoing mediation between Lebanon and Israel, stressing Italy's utmost readiness to work with all parties concerned.
Al-Sanak: “We will not hesitate to strike the Houthis again.”
The UK “will not hesitate” to take new measures against the Houthis to protect the security of British interests in the Red Sea. This was stated by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak during a visit to Essex. He added: “We are facing an escalation in a series of Houthi attacks against commercial ships, including an attack on a Royal Navy warship,” describing this as “unacceptable.” London's military action last week was a “last resort” aimed at “calming tensions in the region” and “restoring stability.”
The ship that struck off the coast of Aden is American
The ship that was hit by a missile off the coast of Yemen was a cargo carrier owned by an American company flying the flag of the Marshall Islands. This is what the British maritime safety company Ambrey indicated, explaining that the missile caused a fire in the hold, but the ship could continue navigation. According to Embry, there are no victims and the ship has no ties to Israel.
Embry identified the stricken vessel as the Eagle Gibraltar, a Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier owned by Eagle Bulk, a Connecticut-based company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The company did not respond to repeated requests for comment, The Guardian reported, and there are no claims yet, although suspicions focus on the Houthis. The US Fifth Fleet, based in Bahrain, has not yet responded to a request for comment.
Yemeni source: The Houthis targeted a ship heading to Israel
Houthi forces, the group that controls large areas of Yemen, targeted a ship heading to Israel in the Red Sea. A Yemeni military source confirmed this to Al Jazeera, after the British Maritime Trade Operations Agency (OCMETO) reported that a ship was hit by a missile off the coast of a Yemeni region controlled by the Houthis. According to the military source, the attack came after the ship rejected the warnings directed at it.
A ship was hit by a missile off Yemen
A ship was hit by a missile off the coast of a Houthi-controlled area in Yemen. The UK Maritime Trade Operations Agency (Ukmto) reported this on social media
GB: Incident off the coast of Aden
The UK Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) agency reported an “incident” off the coast of the port city of Aden in southern Yemen. Posted on the social network
Hamas publishes a new video of the three hostages: “Are you still alive?”
Hamas published a new video clip of the three hostages on the Telegram application, which was previously shown for the first time yesterday. In this latest game, the faces of Noah Argamani, Yossi Sharabi and Itay Svirsky move like in slot machine games. They are accompanied by the writing “What do you think?” Are you still alive? Are they all dead? Or are some of them alive and some of them dead? Immediately afterwards Hamas claims: “Tonight we will tell you their fate.”
Two US Navy soldiers were lost in the Gulf of Aden
Two US Marines disappeared after falling into the sea during a search for weapons heading to Yemen. This was reported by Sky News, confirming that, according to what US officials reported to NBC, the disappearance occurred during an attack on a small ship off the coast of Somalia. The two sailors were searching boats in the Gulf of Aden for illegal goods such as weapons or drugs, but they were not part of the international mission to protect ships from attacks by the Yemeni Houthis in the Red Sea. The officials, who spoke anonymously, said the sailors were trying to board a small traditional vessel known as a dhow, last Thursday evening, when one of them fell. A second sailor intervened to rescue the first, as required by protocol, and they both disappeared. On the fourth day since the sailors ended up at sea, search and rescue operations continue at sea and in the air over the water. A statement issued by US Central Command, which oversees the military in the Middle East and parts of Asia, confirmed that “for operational security reasons, we will not release further information until the personnel recovery process is complete.” “Out of respect for the affected families, we will not be releasing further information about the missing employees at this time,” he added.
Qatar suspends gas shipments through the Red Sea
Qatar has stopped sending tankers carrying liquefied natural gas through the Bab al-Mandeb Strait after US-led air strikes against Houthi targets in Yemen increased risks in the vital waterway. Bloomberg claims so. At least five Qatari-operated LNG ships have been grounded since Friday, according to ship-tracking data compiled by Bloomberg. A prolonged halt to supplies from Europe's second-largest LNG supplier increases the risks as winter weather takes hold of the continent.
The Houthis target an American warship with a missile
The Houthis fired a cruise missile at destructive American in the southern Red Sea. The United States Central Command (Centcom) stated this in a statement on the X website, explaining that the missile was shot down near the coastal city of Hodeidah in Yemen. No injuries or damage were reported. Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdul Salam described the actions of the “enemy” aircraft as a clear violation of Yemeni national sovereignty.
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