Yemen’s Houthis stated on Wednesday that they had assaulted a US warship and a ship named “Destiny” in the Red Sea as part of a continuing campaign of assaults that they claim is intended to show support for Palestinians in Gaza. Iran sponsors the group.


Yahya Sarea, the Houthis’ military spokesperson, said in a televised speech that they utilized numerous “appropriate naval missiles” to target the American destroyer “Maysun” in the Red Sea.

Houthis targeted the ship Destiny because it was its route to the Israeli port of Eilat on April 20, according to Sarea.

Sarea did not mention the dates on which the two ships were targeted. The Houthis’ claim that they hit the two vessels could not be independently verified by Reuters.

Months of Houthi bombings in the Red Sea have forced shipping companies to divert their operations to more expensive and time-consuming routes around southern Africa, interrupting global trade and raising fears that the conflict between Israel and Hamas would destabilize the Middle East as a whole.

In response to the attacks on ships, the US and UK launched airstrikes against Houthi-controlled locations.

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