US Military Says It Has Taken Out Five Houthi Drones

Five Houthi drones were shot down by coalition and American forces late on Tuesday near the Red Sea, according to the US military. According to U.S. Central Command, the drones “presented an imminent threat to merchant vessels as well as to the U.S. Navy and coalition ships in the region.” They were launched from areas of Yemen that the Houthi rebels, who are backed by Iran, controlled. The attacks were the most recent in a string of months-long efforts to thwart Houthi attacks on Red Sea vessels. The Houthis have declared their support for Palestinians during the Gaza conflict.

 

Many maritime companies have chosen to take the far longer and more costly route around Africa rather than travel through the Red Sea region as a result of the attacks. Approximately 110 kilometers west of the port of Hodeida in Yemen, maritime security companies reported the most recent alleged Houthi strike late on Tuesday. The UK Maritime Trade Operations center reported that it had received reports of a rocket detonating a few kilometers away from a ship that was moving on to its next port of call uninjured. The ship in question looked to be a Greek-owned bulk carrier flying the Marshall Islands flag, according to British security company Ambrey.

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