November 24, 2023

US naval ship shoots down multiple drones attacking over Red Sea

The USS Thomas Hudner shot down multiple attack drones over the Red Sea on Thursday morning, according to U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM).

The attacks were reportedly from Houthi rebel fighters in Yemen.

“On the morning (Yemen time) of November 23, the USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) shot down multiple one-way attack drones launched from Houthi-controlled areas in Yemen,” CENTCOM posted on X, formerly known as Twitter.

“The drones were shot down while the U.S. warship was on patrol in the Red Sea.”

"In a statement, CENTCOM said the USS Thomas Hudner shot the drones down while it was on patrol in the Red Sea, adding that there had been no damage to the ship or injuries sustained by the crew," a CNN wire report noted.

"Tensions have increased in the Red Sea region since the start of the Israel-Hamas war, with Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebels claiming to have fired ballistic missiles and drones toward Israel," it continued.

The attacks follow other recent incidents from the terror group, including attacks on Israel and hijacking a ship in the Red Sea with 25 people on board.

The U.S. has already called for the release of the kidnapped crew members, with the State Department involved in the efforts to free those held captive.

The Houthi rebels have long held a civil war in Yemen and have been funded by Iran in attacks against the country and at times in neighboring Saudi Arabia.

The attacks now include threats to the U.S. in what could spill into an expanded war in the Middle East in addition to the ongoing conflict in Gaza following attacks by Hamas on Israelis.


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