The USA sunk three small Houthi boats within the Purple Sea early Sunday morning following one other assault on a service provider ship as tensions proceed to rise within the area.
U.S. Navy helicopters from the usEisenhower and the Gravely responded to a misery name issued by the container ship Maersk Hangzhao — the second misery name the ship issued in lower than 24 hours attributable to “being below assault by 4 Iranian-backed Houthi small boats,” in keeping with the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM). CENTCOM mentioned that the boats, which originated from Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen, fired on the Maersk Hangzhao and tried to board the vessel after getting inside 20 meters of the container ship.
The U.S. Navy helicopters have been responding to the misery name and beginning to give out verbal orders when the Houthi-controlled boats fired at them with crew-served weapons and small arms. The helicopters sunk three of the 4 small boats and killed the crews, CENTCOM mentioned.
“The U.S. Navy helicopters returned hearth in self-defense,” CENTCOM mentioned in a press release.
The fourth boat fled the realm. CENTCOM mentioned that no U.S. forces have been injured and there was no injury to U.S. gear.
This alternate comes as assaults on delivery vessels claimed by the Houthi rebels have elevated since Israel declared warfare on militant group Hamas on Oct. 7. On Saturday, the U.S. additionally shot down two anti-ship ballistic missiles that have been fired by Houthi rebels towards Maersk Hangzhao on the Purple Sea, CENTCOM mentioned Sunday.
The Maersk Hangzhao mentioned they have been struck by a missile earlier on Saturday, in keeping with CENTCOM.
“That is the twenty third unlawful assault by the Houthis on worldwide delivery since Nov. 19,” CENTCOM mentioned in a statement.
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