The Iranian-backed Houthis fired cruise missiles and drones at two industrial vessels and a US warship within the Purple Sea. The Houthis claimed credit score for attacking the industrial vessels Unity Explorer and Quantity 9, whereas the Pentagon confirmed they shot down missiles and drones fired from Yemen. At this time’s assault is the newest by the Houthis in opposition to worldwide delivery, which the terrorist group claims is designed to help Hamas as Israel assaults it in Gaza.
Two of the drones flew towards the USS Carney earlier than they had been shot down, a US protection official stated FDD’s Lengthy Battle Journal. The USS Carney responded to a misery name from the Unity Explorer, which a missile might have broken.
“We’re conscious of stories of assaults on the USS Carney and industrial vessels within the Purple Sea and can present data because it turns into obtainable,” a Protection Division official stated. Related Press.
Houthi navy spokesman Yahya Saree claimed credit score for the assault on Unity Explorer and Quantity 9.
“The primary ship was focused with a naval missile and the second ship with a naval drone,” Saree claimed.
“The operation passed off after the 2 ships rejected warning messages from Yemeni naval forces. The Yemeni armed forces proceed to stop Israeli ships from crusing within the Purple and Arabian seas till the Israeli aggression in opposition to our steadfast brothers within the Gaza Strip stops ,” Saree stated.
At this time’s assault by the Houthis got here simply in the future after an Iranian drone harassed the Dwight D. Eisenhower Service Strike Group because it operated within the Persian Gulf.
“Plane from the Dwight D. Eisenhower Service Air Wing intercept an Iranian UAV working in an unsafe and unprofessional method throughout plane provider flights within the Arabian Gulf [Persian Gulf]. The US Navy will proceed to fly and sail the place worldwide regulation permits,” CENTCOM reported.
The Houthis possess ballistic and cruise missiles in addition to drones and have used all three weapon techniques in opposition to industrial vessels and US warships since Hamas launched its lethal Oct. 7 assault on southern Israel. The Houthis, a part of Iran’s axis of resistance, in addition to Iranian-backed militias in Iraq and Syria, have focused American forces to drive America from the area.
The Houthis have a decades-long historical past of harassing and attacking industrial vessels working within the Gulf of Aden, the Bab al Mandeb Strait and the Purple Sea, and have stepped up assaults on delivery and the US navy over the previous two weeks. The assaults embody the hijacking of the Galaxy Chief, a drone assault on the CMA CGM Symi, an anti-ship ballistic missile assault on the USS Mason, a possible drone assault on the USS Carney, and the destruction of a US MQ-9 UAV.
The US navy has but to answer repeated assaults on US warships and industrial vessels. The Biden administration fears an escalation of the battle with the Houthis and Iranian-backed militias in Iraq and Syria. Militias in Iraq and Syria have launched greater than 70 assaults on US forces, whereas the US has launched solely 5 counter-attacks.
The Houthis, also called Ansar Allah, have seized management of great areas of northern Yemen, together with the capital Sanaa, since launching their riot in 2014. Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has more and more co-opted the Houthi motion since its formation within the Nineties. The IRGC has supplied the Houthis with weapons, coaching and monetary help. Iran makes use of its community of militias and terrorist teams in Yemen, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon to place stress on Israel in addition to the US.
The Houthis are estimated to have 100,000 fighters below arms. The official motto of the Houthis is: “God is nice, demise to the US, demise to Israel, curse to the Jews and victory to Islam.”
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