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US claims shooting down of Iranian drones, missile launched by Houthis

Washington, Jan 31 (EFE).- The US Central Command (Centcom) said it shot down an anti-ship ballistic missile and three Iranian drones launched by Yemen’s Houthi rebels on Wednesday.

“On Jan. 31, at approximately 8.30 pm (Sana’a time), Iranian-backed Houthi militants fired one anti-ship ballistic missile from Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen toward the Gulf of Aden,” Centcom said in a statement.

“The missile was successfully shot down by the USS Carney.”

Forty minutes later, the same US warship “engaged and shot down three Iranian UAVs in its vicinity. There were no injuries or damage reported.”

The events came after the US and the United Kingdom sanctioned four Houthi leaders for assisting or sponsoring acts of terrorism.

The Houthis have carried out dozens of attacks against commercial ships in the Red Sea in retaliation for the Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip in its fight against Palestinian Islamist group Hamas.

On Jan. 17, the US announced that it will once again designate the Houthis as a terrorist group, a label that it had withdrawn in 2021. EFE

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