Houthis in Yemen claim to have attacked Western ships

A satellite image shows the cargo ship Rubymar before it sank, on the Red Sea. Maxar Technologies/Handout via REUTERS
Houthi forces in Yemen targeted British, U.S., and Israeli ships with missiles and drones, impacting global shipping. The U.S. retaliated against the group by destroying their weapons system and intercepting an unmanned aerial vehicle. British security firm Ambrey reported an attack in the Gulf of Aden, urging vessels to stay vigilant.
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Houthi forces in Yemen have launched missiles and drones at British, U.S., and Israeli ships in support of Palestinians in the Gaza War. The attacks targeted a British ship and U.S. frigates in the Red Sea, as well as two Israeli ships in the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean. The operations occurred over the past 72 hours, according to a Houthi military spokesman. In response, the U.S. and Britain have retaliated by destroying Houthi targets in Yemen.

US Central Command reported that American forces destroyed a missile system in Houthi-controlled territory and shot down a drone over the Red Sea. Additionally, a coalition ship successfully intercepted and destroyed an anti-ship missile. Despite these actions, no injuries or damage were reported. British security firm Ambrey also received reports of an attack on a ship in the Gulf of Aden, prompting vessels in the area to exercise caution.

The attacks by the Houthis have disrupted global shipping routes through the Suez Canal, leading to increased reliance on longer and more expensive routes through southern Africa. The U.S. and Britain have responded by targeting Houthi positions in Yemen. The specific details of the recent attacks, including who was responsible and any resulting damage, remain unclear.

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