- US Central Command announced late Tuesday that the US military had destroyed five unmanned one-way attack drones from Yemen.
- News of the destruction of the Houthi drones comes after the rebels last week released images of a $30 million US drone they shot down over Yemen.
- “These actions will protect freedom of navigation and make international waters safer and more secure,” the US CentCom said.
On Tuesday night, US Central Command announced that the US military had shot down five Houthi unmanned attack drones sent from a Houthi-controlled area of Yemen.
One-way attack unmanned aerial vehicles were shot down by a warship and a plane over the Red Sea, where tensions between the Iran-backed Houthis and the US military presence continue to simmer.
Central Command wrote that U.S. forces determined that the drones “posed an imminent threat to merchant vessels and to U.S. Navy and coalition ships in the region.”
‘These actions will protect freedom of navigation and make international waters safer for the US Navy and merchant ships,’ the message concluded.
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News of the destruction of the Houthi drones comes after rebels last week released images of what they claimed was a $30 million US drone they shot down over Yemen.
He The news from the region comes after Houthi rebels last week released images of what they claimed was a $30 million US drone they shot down over Yemen.
The drone was the second they destroyed in several months.
Last week, the Houthis released video of a surface-to-air missile shooting down a US MQ-9 Reaper drone off the coast of Hodeida, a Yemeni port city occupied by the militant group on the Red Sea.
The images included a video of men dragging pieces of debris from the water to a beach.
Images of the debris, which included parts written in English and what appeared to be electrical equipment, appeared to correspond to known parts of the Reaper drone, commonly used in attack missions and surveillance flights.
The Pentagon later confirmed that the Iran-backed terrorist regime had shot down the $30 million US airliner.
Last November, the Pentagon also acknowledged the loss of an MQ-9 Reaper drone, which was shot down by rebels over the Red Sea.
Since the Houthis seized territory in northern Yemen and its capital, Sanaa, in 2014, the US military has lost at least four drones to attacks by the rebel group. Drones were lost in 2017, 2019, 2023 and now, this year.
In addition to the loss of drones, the Houthis claimed responsibility for an attack on the Sea Champion, a Greek-flagged, U.S.-owned bulk carrier filled with grain bound for Aden, Yemen, which was transporting grain from Argentina.
A US fighter jet is catapulted from the flight deck of a US aircraft carrier in the southern Red Sea.
Last week, the Houthis also acknowledged the attack targeting the Belizean-flagged bulk carrier Rubymar with two ballistic missiles. One hit the ship.
In recent weeks, the United States and the United Kingdom have carried out joint airstrikes against the rebels to silence attacks on commercial ships carrying, among other things, humanitarian aid for the people of Yemen.
As a result of the current threat in the Red Sea, the price of global shipping containers has increased by more than 300 percent since November last year.
Therefore, geopolitical chaos is directly contributing to rising costs of goods in Western nations.