A US fighter jet shot down a missile that was fired from Yemen in direction of a US destroyer within the Crimson Sea on Sunday, US Central Command has stated.
In a submit on X, the US navy stated Sunday’s incident was “an anti-ship cruise missile” that “was fired from Iranian-backed Houthi militant areas of Yemen” at round 4.45pm native time (1.45pm GMT) in direction of the USS Laboon.
It was shot down close to the coast of Hudayah and there have been no accidents or harm reported, the submit added.
One other report – of a missile striking a ship from above near Yemen on Monday – has come to gentle since.
It is not but identified who was behind the missile fired on Monday.
The Houthis, a Shiite group allied with Iran, didn’t instantly acknowledge the assault – which is the primary obvious concentrating on by the militants because the US and UK-led airstrikes on them final week.
The joint operation started on Friday following weeks of assaults on ships within the Crimson Sea.
Greater than 60 targets in 28 areas in Yemen have been hit with cruise missiles and bombs launched by fighter jets, warships and a submarine.
US forces additionally launched a strike on a Houthi radar web site on Saturday.
It’s unclear if the US will retaliate for the most recent assault, although President Joe Biden has stated he “won’t hesitate to direct additional measures to guard our individuals and the free move of worldwide commerce as vital”.
The UK has additionally refused to rule out additional strikes on the Houthis.
Defence Secretary Grant Shapps told Sky News this morning: “If we have now to take additional motion then that is one thing we might contemplate.
“We’ll preserve it beneath evaluation and so they [the Houthis] must be conscious that if it would not cease, then after all we are going to then must take the choices that have to be taken.”
“Let’s wait and see what occurs,” he added.
In the meantime, Iran has “strongly condemned” the US and UK’s navy motion, calling it “a transparent violation of [Yemen’s] sovereignty”.
The Houthis have focused ships within the Crimson Sea – one of many world’s principal commerce routes – since November, and stated they have been attacking Israel-linked ships in an effort to cease the Israeli offensive in Gaza.
Nonetheless, they continuously attacked vessels with tenuous or no clear hyperlinks to the nation. A number of delivery corporations have ordered their boats to keep away from the realm till the safety scenario improves.