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US & UK forces repel ‘largest attack’ by Houthis in Red Sea – Times of India

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The US and Britain said that their warships on Tuesday had shot down one of the largest barrages yet of drones and missiles fired from Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen toward commercial ships in the Red Sea, highlighting the Iranian-backed militia’s escalating effort to disrupt global commerce in protest of Israel’s war against Hamas.
F/A-18 fighter jets from the aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower and four other warships intercepted “a complex attack” involving 18 drones, two anti-ship cruise missiles and one anti-ship ballistic missile, the US military’s Central Command said in a statement. No injuries or damage were reported, the command said. Grant Shapps, UK defence secretary, said that the Diamond, a British Navy destroyer, had also responded to repel the Houthis’ “largest attack” since they began targeting ships in the Red Sea. The Houthis have carried out 26 attacks on commercial shipping in the Red Sea since Nov 19, as per the US military.
Houthi military spokesman Yahya Sarea said the group’s forces had used “a large number” of missiles and drones to target an American ship “that was offering support to the Zionist entity”. It wasn’t clear if he was describing the Tuesday attack. Sarea said the attack was in response to a US response 10 days ago that sank three Houthi boats, killing its 10 fighters.
The US and a dozen allies issued an ultimatum to the Iran-backed Houthis last week to cease their near-daily attacks that have disrupted shipping in the crucial sea lanes that connect the Indian Ocean with the Suez Canal. The Houthis have promised to attack ships until Israel stops the war in Gaza. The rising tensions in the Red Sea have fuelled concerns of a wider conflict in the region. The Houthi attacks have forced the world’s largest shipping companies to reroute vessels away from the Red Sea, creating delays and extra costs felt through higher prices for oil and other imported goods.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday declined to say what actions might be coming. “What I can tell you is that, as we made clear, and many other countries made clear, there’ll be consequences for the Houthis’ actions,” he said. NYT





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