Houthis target bulk carriers, and US destroyers in the Red Sea

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Houthis target bulk carriers, and US destroyers in the Red Sea

After the Houthis’ attack on US destroyers in the Gulf of Aden and the bulk carrier Propel Fortune, which is linked with Iran, in Yemen, American, and French forces shot down dozens of drones in the Red Sea on Saturday.

Since November, the Houthis have been hitting ships in the Red Sea, saying that their acts are part of a campaign of emotion with Palestinians during the Gaza War.

“Several US war destroyers at the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden with 37 drones,” as well as the cargo ship, were the targets of the group’s occurs, according to military representative Yahya Sarea in a televised speech on Saturday.

The US Central Command (CENTCOM) earlier on Saturday reported that US Navy ships and planes shot down fifteen unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) controlled by the Houthis in the Red Sea region.

As stated by CENTCOM, in a statement on social media site X, the military was reacting to a massive attack that was done on the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden between 4 and 6:30 a.m.

“An imminent threat to merchant vessels, US Navy, and coalition ships in the region” was the UAVs’ stated objective.
According to a statement from the French army, four combat drones that were headed toward the navy vessels involved in the European Aspides mission in the area were also shot down by a French cruiser and fighter jets.

“This defensive action directly contributed to the protection of the cargo ship True Confidence, under Barbados flag, which was struck on March 6 and is being towed, as well as other commercial vessels transiting in the area,” added the statement.

France has warplanes at its bases in the United Arab Emirates and Djibouti, in addition to a battleship in the area.

The Propel Fortune, flying the Singaporean flag, was the target of an attempted attack, as confirmed by the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO).

The bulk carrier was alleged to have been the target of two explosions reported by the shipping business, but all crew members were unharmed and the ship was moving on to its next port of call.

Propel Fortune was probably targeted for its out-of-date US ownership data, according to sources, UKMTO stated in a statement.

“Until the aggression stops and the siege on the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip is lifted,” Sarea declared, the Houthis will not stop their attacks.

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