US Forces Strike & Destroy Houthi Anti-Ship Missile Aimed Into the Gulf Of Aden

The U.S. Central Command forces had attacked a Houthi anti-ship missile that had reportedly been targeted into the waters of the Gulf of Aden and was set to launch on Saturday. The U.S. military stated, with the most recent round of strikes coming some hours after the U.S. struck three more Houthi anti-ship missiles.

The U.S. forces determined that the missile presented a risk to the merchant and U.S. Navy vessels in the region and struck and subsequently destroyed that missile in self-defence, the U.S. Central Command mentioned on X. The U.S. Central Command noted that the incident, which was the most recent in a string of rising tensions, occurred at approximately 0400 Yemen time. It has caused disruptions to international trade and sparked worries regarding supply shortages in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.

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The U.S. Central Command forces attacked three Houthi anti-ship missiles that they claimed had been moving towards the southern Red Sea hours earlier on Friday night. Over the past weeks, attacks on vessels located around the Red Sea by the Houthi militia, which shares a connection with Iran, have hindered trade spanning between Europe and Asia and concerned key nations, leading to an escalation of the Gaza War.

The Houthis, who control the majority of Yemen, say that they are attacking in solidarity with the Palestinians who are experiencing attacks by Israel in Gaza. The United States has been conducting strikes since last week, has opened a new tab on the Houthi targets based in Yemen, and this week added the militia back onto its list of “terrorist” organizations. While he recognized that the airstrikes might not be stopping the Houthi attacks, Joe Biden declared on Thursday that those would go on.

The confrontation currently risks a further expansion of the conflict beyond the Hamas-governed Gaza, where the local health ministry states that more than 24,000 have been killed in the Israeli assault. Israel launched its offensive on Israel following the October 7 attacks by the Palestinian Islamist group, which the Israeli officials state killed 1,200 individuals and took over 200 hostages. The foreign minister of Saudi Arabia expressed concerns that the tensions in the Red Sea amid the ongoing attacks by the Houthis, as well as the U.S. strikes on Houthi targets, could soon go out of control and also escalate the war in the region.

There is a lot of worry at the moment. It is a dangerous time in the area, so the authorities are calling for a de-escalation, Prince Faisal bin Farhan reported to CNN in an interview. Saturday’s attacks were the recorded fifth in the last week by the U.S. against Houthi missile launchers that were set to launch the attacks. The Houthis fired two anti-ship ballistic missiles toward a U.S.-owned tanker vessel late on Thursday that hit the water close to the vessel but failed to cause injuries or damages, per the U.S. military.

Reference: Reuters

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