Houthis Claim Attack on US Ship as ‘Initial Response’ to Sinking of Houthi Boats

CENTCOM said it intercepted 18 Houthi drones and three missiles

Yemen’s Houthis, officially known as Ansar Allah, said Wednesday that its forces attacked a US ship in the Red Sea as part of an “initial response” to a recent incident where the US military sank three Houthis boats, killing 10 Yemenis.

Houthi military spokesman Yahya Sarea said Ansar Allah forces “executed a joint military operation involving a large number of ballistic and naval missiles and drones, targeting an American ship that was providing support to the Zionist entity.”

US Central Command said that US fighter jets, several US warships, and a British naval vessel downed 18 Houthi drones, two anti-ship cruise missiles, and one anti-ship ballistic missile. It’s unclear if the attack is the same incident Sarea referenced. CENTCOM said the attack targeted “commercial shipping” and that there was no damage or injuries.

The Associated Press reported the drone and missile barrage reported by CENTCOM marked the largest Houthi attack in the Red Sea. The Houthis started targeting Israeli-linked commercial shipping in response to the onslaught in Gaza and have vowed not to back down in the face of the US military.

Also on Wednesday, the UN Security Council voted to condemn the Houthi attacks “in the strongest terms.” Eleven countries voted in favor of the resolution, and four abstained: China, Russia, Algeria, and Mozambique. The Houthis dismissed the resolution as a “political game.”

Sarea reaffirmed that the Houthis would continue to “prevent Israeli ships or those headed to the ports of occupied Palestine from navigating in the Arabian and Red Seas until the aggression stops and the siege on our steadfast brothers in the Gaza Strip is lifted.”

Instead of pressuring Israel to end its brutal assault on Gaza, the Biden administration is opting for regional escalation. The US is considering bombing Yemen, which risks shattering the fragile peace in the country between the Houthis and the US-backed Saudi-led coalition.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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