American F-18 fighters destroyed 10 drones being prepared for launch in western Yemen. In addition, a US warship shot down three Iranian drones and an anti-ship missile fired by Houthi separatists. The Americans also destroyed a Yemeni rebel surface-to-air missile, ready to be launched and considered a potential threat to American aircraft, said the US Central Command.
CENTCOM reported that around 1:30 a.m. Yemen time (11:30 p.m. in Poland) an attack was carried out on a ground drone control station, destroying 10 unmanned aerial vehicles belonging to those supported by Iran Houthi rebels. As stated in the message, forces USA assessed that they pose a “direct threat to merchant ships and US naval vessels in the region.” It was emphasized that it was an act of self-defense.
It added that it would ensure “freedom of navigation and make international waters safer for U.S. Navy and commercial ships.”
CENTCOM also reported that a few hours earlier, the American destroyer USS Carney shot down three Iranian drones and an anti-ship missile fired by Houthi separatists. The statement specified that there was no information about any casualties or damage.
On Wednesday, at 3:30 p.m. Yemen time (1:30 p.m. in Poland), the Americans destroyed a surface-to-air missile ready for launch. As CENTCOM explained in a statement, before taking action against the Houthis, U.S. forces determined that the missile “posed an immediate threat” to U.S. aircraft. It was not specified what type of aircraft – civilian or military – may have been targeted by the Houthis.
Rebel attacks on ships
According to Pentagon Houthi rebels, who control a large part of the territory Yemen, have carried out more than 35 attacks on ships in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden since November 19, disrupting maritime traffic in this area, which is extremely important for world trade. According to CENTCOM, earlier on Wednesday, the Houthis carried out a missile attack in the Gulf of Aden on a US merchant ship that was heading to Israel.
The Iran-backed Houthis use missiles and drones to attack merchant ships in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, which is one of the busiest and most important shipping lanes in the world. It is intended to be a reaction to Israeli military actions in Gaza and an expression of solidarity with the Palestinians.
The attacks raise serious concerns about the continuity of supplies of goods key to the global economy.
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