December 4, 2023

US Warships Shoot Down 3 Houthi Drones

U.S. warships have shot down drones over commercial ships in the Red Sea controlled by Houthi rebels in Yemen.

The attacks appear to signal escalated tensions in the region following the launch of war by Hamas against Israel in October.

"Today, there were four attacks against three separate commercial vessels operating in international waters in the southern Red Sea," a statement by U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) explained.

"These three vessels are connected to 14 separate nations," the statement added, according to Fox News.

"The Arleigh-Burke Class Guided Missile Destroyer USS Carney shot down the Iranian-made KAS-04 drone at approximately 11 a.m. local time because it was approaching the Navy vessel near the Bab el-Mandeb strait, a waterway that connects the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden near the Arabian Sea," the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) said in a statement regarding one incident.

"Although its intentions are not known, the [drone] was heading toward the ship," CENTCOM said.

The attacks are part of a growing number of attacks by Houthi drones made in Iran. The Yemen-based group was taken off of the U.S. group of terror organizations but has recently shown evidence that its efforts are continuing.

The attacks add to additional concerns over Iranian-based attacks on U.S. military bases in Iraq and Syria.

Dozens of attacks across the Middle East have occurred since the start of the Israel-Hamas war with reports of numerous injuries among American soldiers.

The latest attacks also add to anger among Americans as 10 hostages were taken into Gaza by Hamas, with just two released so far after nearly two months since the start of the war in Israel.

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