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US destroys Houthi patrol boat in Red Sea

US forces destroyed a Houthi patrol boat in the Red Sea and a drone launched from an area of ​​Yemen controlled by the group, according to a post by US officials on X.

Offensive took place in the Bab al-Mandab Strait.

The Iran-backed group, which controls the most populated parts of Yemen, has been carrying out attacks on ships in the waters off the country since November. The offensives, according to the Houthis, are carried out in solidarity with the Palestinians in Gaza.

The campaign has disrupted global shipping, forcing companies to reroute travel around southern Africa, and raised concerns that the war between Israel and Hamas could spread and destabilize the entire Middle East.

The US Central Command said, this Friday (7), that the Houthis launched four anti-ship ballistic missiles over the Red Sea in the last 24 hours, but there were no injuries or damage.

Attack is a response to missiles launched by the Houthis

Yemen’s Houthis said on Friday (7) that they attacked two ships in the Red Sea with drones and missiles, but there was no independent confirmation of the alleged attacks.

The group attacked the Elbella and AAL GENOA ships with “an array of drones and ballistic and naval missiles,” the Iran-backed group’s military spokesman Yahya Saree said in a televised speech.

Saree did not specify the date the attacks were carried out.

Reuters did not receive any reports of incidents in the Red Sea this Friday (7).

Eastern Mediterranean Maritime, the manager of the Elbella container ship, declined to comment.

Reuters was unable to immediately contact the owner or manager of the general cargo ship AAL Genoa.

The United States and the United Kingdom carried out strikes against Houthi targets in response to the attacks on ships.

According to the US military Central Command, the Islamic group launched four missiles at ships in the Red Sea.

Yemen’s Houthis launched four anti-ship ballistic missiles from areas controlled by the group in Yemen into the Red Sea in the last 24 hours, US forces said on Friday (7).

US Central Command added that there were no reported injuries or damage to US, coalition or commercial ships.

Source: CNN Brasil

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