At approximately 1200 EST, Houthi official Nasr al-Din Amer told Al Jazeera that “it is enough for ships to be American for us to attack”, foreshadowing that attacks will continue against all U.S.-owned or operated vessels, military and civilian.
In response, United States Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) warned all U.S.-owned and operated ships to not enter the Red Sea. The announcement reads below:
“There continues to be a high degree of risk to commercial vessels transiting the Southern Red Sea between 12N and 16N. While the decision to transit remains at the discretion of individual vessels and companies, it is recommended that U.S. flag and U.S. owned commercial vessels remain North of 18N in the Red Sea or East of 46E in the Gulf of Aden until further notice. Additional updates will be provided when available. This alert will not automatically expire and will be updated or cancelled as needed.”