Houthi supporters holding up a mock drone during a rally in Sanaa, Yemen, March 1, 2024

US Shoots Down Iran-Backed Houthi Ballistic Missile, Drones Targeting US Forces

Wednesday, 03/06/2024

US forces shot down an anti-ship ballistic missile and three unmanned aerial systems launched from Iranian-backed Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen toward the USS Carney in the Red Sea.

The incident on Tuesday saw CENTCOM forces neutralize the incoming threats, averting any harm or damage to the USS Carney amidst the Houthis' blockade of the Red Sea in allegiance with Hamas in Gaza. “There are no injuries or damage to the ship,” the statement read.

CENTCOM clarified that the identified missiles, UAVs, and USVs posed an imminent threat not only to US Navy ships but also to merchant vessels in the region.

Amidst escalating tensions in the region, Houthi fighters have been targeting both commercial and military vessels since November. Initially directed at ships associated with Israel in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza the attacks have since broadened to include vessels linked to the United Kingdom and the United States in retaliation for their support of Israel's right to defend itself after the Hamas attacks of October 7 which sparked an Iran-backed proxy war.

Last month, US forces, in collaboration with the United Kingdom Armed Forces and other nations, conducted strikes against 18 Houthi targets in Yemen controlled by Iranian-backed militants. The multinational efforts aim to safeguard their respective countries, partners, and allies in the region.

The heightened tensions in the Red Sea has led major shipping lines to avoid the critical trade route, choosing longer journeys around Africa instead. The shift has resulted in increased expenses, raising concerns about global inflation.

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