US shoots down Houthi anti-ship missile in latest Red Sea attack

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USS Gravely successfully intercepts the Houthi missile.

NEW YORK, Jan 31: In a recent development, Yemen’s Houthi militants claimed responsibility for firing multiple missiles at a US warship navigating the Red Sea. The group asserted its intention to persist in targeting both US and British vessels. This announcement closely followed a statement from the U.S. military’s Central Command, confirming that the USS Gravely successfully intercepted an anti-ship cruise missile launched by the Iran-backed Houthi rebels from Yemen.

CENTCOM’s report emphasized that there were no casualties or damage resulting from the Houthi missile attack. The Iran-backed rebels have been increasingly active, executing over 30 missile and drone strikes in the Red Sea since mid-November, leading to significant disruptions in commercial shipping along this crucial waterway. Numerous shipping companies have adjusted their routes, opting for the longer and more costly journey around Africa instead of using the Red Sea-Mediterranean Sea link.

Responding to the escalating threat, the United States and Britain have conducted targeted strikes on Houthi missiles and military installations in Yemen. Simultaneously, efforts are underway to counter the drones and missiles launched by the Houthis. Pentagon press secretary Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder emphasized the US’s commitment to safeguarding international shipping in the Red Sea and hampering Houthi capabilities.

The European Union is contemplating the launch of a naval mission to protect the Red Sea. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell stated on Wednesday that the proposed initiative aims to commence in the coming weeks, with a primary focus on preventing Houthi attacks. Borrell clarified that the mission’s objective is not direct action against the Houthis but rather safeguarding international shipping. He mentioned that the initiative gained support from European businesses grappling with the substantial costs of rerouting ships around Africa.

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