November 30, 2023

Navy Shoots Down Houthi Drone Near Coast of Yemen

The USS Carney shot down a Houthi drone near Yemen, according to military officials.

The Iranian-designed drone was taken out without damage to the ship or crew, with the vessel near the coast in international waters at the time of the incident.

"Although its intentions are not known, the UAV was heading toward the warship," U.S. Central Command told Fox News Digital.

"At the time of the shoot-down, the USS Carney was escorting the USNS SUPPLY (Oiler) and another U.S.-flagged and -crewed ship carrying military equipment to the region. There were no injuries to U.S. personnel and no damage to U.S. vessels," it added.

The incident adds to another incident earlier in November that included the U.S. military shooting down a Houthi drone.

"We can confirm that a U.S. military MQ-9 remotely-piloted aircraft was shot down off the coast of Yemen by Houthi forces," the senior official told Fox News in another report.

"The senior U.S. defense official added that the aircraft was shot down while in international airspace over international waters off the coast of Yemen, and that U.S. Central Command officials are currently assessing the incident," the report added.

The incident also comes shortly after attacks by Hamas on Israel that began on Oct. 7. The violence killed over 1,400 Israelis, with Hamas taking over 240 hostages into Gaza. The death toll also included over 30 Americans.

Violence in the Middle East has continued to break out since, with Hezbollah rebels conducting isolated attacks on Israel's northern border with Lebanon. Iranian-backed proxies in Iraq and Syria have also launched numerous attacks against U.S. bases, in incidents now involving many nations across the region.

Biden has so far backed Israel but also called for a pause on fighting in Gaza. The administration has also been quiet about other attacks, instead moving troops and ships into the region to help prevent even more attacks from spreading.

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