No Injuries or Damage Reported in the Latest Attack on American Forces
Jerusalem (AP) – A U.S. Navy destroyer patrolling the Red Sea successfully intercepted an anti-ship cruise missile launched by Yemen’s Houthi rebels, officials confirmed on Wednesday.
According to the U.S. military’s Central Command, the attack took place late Tuesday night and targeted the USS Gravely, a guided missile destroyer of the Arleigh Burke-class.
Fortunately, there were no reported injuries or damage resulting from the incident.
Houthi military spokesman, Brig. Gen. Yahya Saree, claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement released on Wednesday morning. He described it as “a victory for the oppression of the Palestinian people and a response to the American-British aggression against our country.”
However, the U.S. Navy did not confirm the Houthi’s claim of firing “several” missiles. It is worth noting that Houthi claims have been known to be exaggerated in the past, with some missiles failing to reach their targets.
Earlier this week, the Houthi rebels falsely claimed to have targeted the USS Lewis B. Puller, a floating landing base utilized by Navy SEALs and other personnel. The U.S. military denied this attack.
For several months now, the rebels have been consistently targeting ships in the Red Sea due to Israel’s offensive against Hamas in Gaza. However, it is important to highlight that these attacks often involve vessels with little to no connection to Israel, thereby endangering shipping along a crucial route for global trade between Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.
In a separate incident last Friday, the Houthis managed to hit a commercial vessel with a missile, resulting in a significant fire that burned for several hours.