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Middle East: at least two commercial ships attacked in the Red Sea


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At least two commercial ships suffered attacks while sailing in international waters in Red Sea southern. The US military reported this yesterday, while the Shiite militant group of Hout, in Yemen, claimed responsibility for launching drones and missiles at two Israeli ships in the area. The US destroyer USS Carney responded to distress calls from attacked ships and provided assistance after missile and drone launches from Houthi-controlled territory, according to a note from the US Armed Forces Central Command. The two Israeli ships attacked by the Houthis were the Unity Explorer and the Number 9, targeted respectively by an armed drone and a naval missile. A spokesman for the Shiite group said the two ships were hit after ignoring warnings, and added that the attacks were a response to calls from Islamic nations to support the Palestinian people.

According to the Central Command of US Armed Forces, Uss Carney shot down three drones launched against commercial ships. It is not clear whether the destroyer was itself targeted by missiles or drones. “We have every reason to believe that these attacks, although launched by the Houthis in Yemen, are authorized by theIran“, the statement said. “The United States will evaluate any appropriate response in full coordination with its allies and international partners,” adds the Command note. An Israeli military spokesman, Admiral Daniel Hagari, said the two cargo ships had no relation to Israel. “One ship has been severely damaged, is in difficulty and apparently in danger of sinking, and another ship has been slightly damaged,” Hagari told reporters at Tel Aviv. The incident follows a series of attacks in the region since war broke out between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas on October 7. An Israeli-linked cargo ship was seized last month by the Houthi, allies of Iran. The group, which controls most of Yemen's Red Sea coast, had previously fired ballistic missiles and suicide drones at Israel and threatened to strike other Israeli ships.

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