Conflicts & War

US shoots down Houthi anti-ship missile over Red Sea

Washington, Jan 30 (EFE).- The United States Central Command (Centcom) reported Tuesday that it shot down an anti-ship missile launched by Yemen’s Houthi rebels towards the Red Sea.

“On Jan. 30, at approximately 11:30 p.m. (Sanaa time), Iranian-backed Houthi militants fired one anti-ship cruise missile from Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen toward the Red Sea. The missile was successfully shot down by USS Gravely (DDG 107),” Centom said in a statement.

“There were no injuries or damage reported.”

Last Friday, the US intercepted a similar attack, also attributed to the Houthis. In this case, Centcom assured that the anti-ship missile that was shot down was an “imminent threat” to merchant ships and US navy vessels in the region.

The Houthis have carried out hundreds of drone and missile attacks against commercial ships in the Red Sea in retaliation for the offensive that Israel is carrying out on the Gaza Strip in its fight against Hamas.

While the Houthis say they are targeting only Israel-linked vessels, Centcome said “he Houthis have fired indiscriminately into the Red Sea, targeting vessels impacting over 40 countries around the world.”

The tension in the area has caused shipping companies worldwide to continue re-routing around southern Africa to avoid transiting through this area, through which 8 percent of the world’s grain trade, 12 percent of the oil trade and 8 percent of the international trade in liquefied natural gas pass. EFE

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