US intercepts multiple attack drones launched from Yemen: Pentagon

AFP , Thursday 23 Nov 2023

A US warship patrolling the Red Sea intercepted multiple attack drones launched from Houthi-controlled areas in Yemen on Thursday, the US Central Command said.

This photo released by the Houthi Media Center shows a Houthi forces helicopter approaching the cargo ship Galaxy Leader on Sunday, Nov, 2023. AP


"On the morning (Yemen time) of November 23, the USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) shot down multiple one-way attack drones launched from Houthi-controlled areas in Yemen," CENTCOM said on X.

"The ship and crew sustained no damage or injury," it added.

The conflict has raised the spectre of a broader Middle East conflagration, with the frontier between Lebanon and Israel also seeing near-daily exchanges of fire.

The Houthi in Yemen have launched a series of drones and missiles towards Israel since the October 7 start of the war on Gaza.

On Wednesday, Israel said it had intercepted a "cruise missile" heading for the south of the country, a shot claimed by the Houthi rebels.

"Our forces launched missiles at various military targets" in southern Israel, Yahia Saree, spokesman for the armed wing of the Houthi, wrote on X.

"We will continue to carry out military operations until the Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people in Gaza and the West Bank stops," he added.

The Houthi have also threatened to target Israeli shipping and on Sunday said they seized the Galaxy Leader, an Israel-linked cargo vessel and its 25 international crew, at the entrance to the Red Sea.

Israel's military said the seizure was a "very grave incident of global consequence", and a US military official said it was "a flagrant violation of international law".


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