A US warship patrolling the Red Sea intercepted multiple drones launched from Houthi-controlled areas in Yemen, marking a significant defensive action in the region.
Defensive Action by USS Thomas Hudner: The USS Thomas Hudner, a US warship, engaged in a defensive operation by shooting down several drones over the Red Sea. These drones, identified as “one-way attack drones,” originated from areas in Yemen under Houthi control.
CENTCOM’s Confirmation: The United States Central Command (CENTCOM) confirmed the incident, stating that the action took place on Thursday morning local time. They assured that there were no damages to the USS Thomas Hudner and no injuries to its crew.
Rising Tensions in the Red Sea: This interception comes amidst escalating tensions in the Red Sea region, particularly following the outbreak of the Israel-Hamas war. The Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen have claimed responsibility for launching ballistic missiles and drones towards Israel, contributing to regional instability.
Recent Incidents Involving Houthis: In a related development, the Houthis hijacked the Galaxy Leader cargo ship in the Red Sea on Sunday, with approximately 25 crew members aboard. This incident has prompted international concern and calls for action.
US Demands for Immediate Release: The United States, through State Department spokesperson Matt Miller, has demanded the immediate release of the hijacked cargo ship and its crew. This demand underscores the heightened concern and involvement of the US in ensuring maritime security in the region.