US destroyer fends off Houthi attack in Red Sea; Indian navy battles fire on container ship

US destroyer fends off Houthi attack in Red Sea; Indian navy battles fire on container ship

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The US military said it intercepted a missile and several drones launched by Yemen’s Houthi rebels at a US destroyer in the Red Sea on Tuesday, as the Indian navy shared images of its frigate battling a fire on a container ship that was hit by the Houthis earlier.

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The USS Carney, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, was attacked by the Houthis as part of their campaign against the US and its allies over Israel’s war with Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The US military’s Central Command said the Houthis used one anti-ship ballistic missile and multiple bomb-carrying drones in the attack, which were shot down by the Carney’s defensive systems.

 

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The US later responded by launching an airstrike that destroyed three more anti-ship missiles and three drone boats belonging to the Houthis, Central Command said.

The Houthis, who are supported by Iran, claimed responsibility for the attack and said they aimed at two US warships in the Red Sea. They said the attack was in response to the US-led airstrikes that have been targeting their positions and weapons since January.

The Houthis also said they will continue to attack until the US stops its aggression and lifts the siege on the Palestinians in Gaza.

The Houthis have been fighting a war against the internationally recognized government of Yemen since 2014, and have taken control of the capital, Sanaa, and much of the north. They have also been launching attacks on ships and vessels in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, disrupting international trade and navigation.

On Monday, the Houthis struck a Belize-flagged bulk carrier, the Rubymar, with two anti-ship missiles in the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, a vital waterway that connects the Red Sea to the Indian Ocean. The Rubymar, which had reported engine problems in November, caught fire and sank on Saturday after its crew abandoned the ship.

The Houthis also targeted a Marshall Islands-flagged tanker in late January, setting it ablaze for hours.

In addition, the Houthis shot down a US MQ-9 Reaper drone over the Red Sea on Tuesday, and released footage of their fighters recovering the wreckage from the water. The Pentagon confirmed the loss of the drone, which was used for surveillance and attack missions.

Meanwhile, the Indian navy released footage of its frigate, the INS Kolkata, helping to extinguish a fire on a container ship, the MSC Sky II, which was hit by a Houthi missile in the Gulf of Aden on Monday. The MSC Sky II, which was carrying cargo from Singapore to Djibouti, suffered a small fire that was put out by the crew, according to the Mediterranean Shipping Co., a Switzerland-based firm that owns the ship.

Source : US NEWS

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