US, UK say they shot down 15 drones from Yemen’s Houthis over Red Sea

A US Navy officer mans the combat systems coordinator console during a drill in the eastern Mediterranean [File: US Navy via AP] The United States and United Kingdom authorities say their warships have shot down 15 attack drones over the Red Sea as Israel’s war on Gaza threatens to spread in the region. The US Central Command (CENTCOM) on Saturday said its guided-missile destroyer responded to a wave of drones from “Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen” over the Red Sea, downing 14 suspected attack drones. Keep reading list of 4 itemslist 1 of 4 Iran-aligned Houthis warn Israel, US against attacking Yemen list 2 of 4 Will oil prices rise after Red Sea shipping curbs amid Houthi attacks? list 3 of 4 Iran warns US will face ‘problems’ with Red Sea task force plans list 4 of 4 Analysis: Is the Houthi threat to world order worse than the war on Gaza? end of list It described the launches as “one-way attack drones”, saying they were “shot down with no damage to ships in the area or reported injuries”. UK Defence Secretary Grant Shapps also said the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Diamond fired a Sea Viper missile and destroyed a drone that was “targeting merchant shipping”. Meanwhile, Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthis said the group attacked the Israeli city of Eilat on Saturday with a swarm of drones, according to spokesman Yahya Sarea who referred to the Red Sea resort city as being in “southern occupied Palestine”. The Houthis have promised to continue their attacks on vessels in the Red Sea, one of the world’s busiest shipping routes, to pressure Israel to stop its attacks on Gaza. ‘Global trade problem’ Upping a previous pledge to attack any Israeli-linked ships, the Houthis have said that any ship heading to and from Israel in […]

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