Washington, Dec 3 (EFE). – A United States warship and several commercial vessels were attacked on Sunday in the Red Sea, in the Middle East, according to the Pentagon.
“We are aware of reports of attacks on the USS Carney and commercial vessels in the Red Sea and will provide information as it becomes available,” the Pentagon said.
According to US media, a Pentagon official said the Carney destroyer shot down several drones heading in its direction from Houthi-controlled areas in Yemen.
No injuries were reported in the incident, the official said.
The attack on the destroyer marks a significant escalation in a series of naval attacks in the Middle East related to the war in Gaza between Israel and the Islamist group Hamas.
Also on Sunday, the British Navy reported “an attack by unmanned aerial systems” in the Red Sea, specifically near Bab el Mandeb, off the coast of Yemen, and urged ships passing through the area to “take precautions.”
Meanwhile, Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for missile and drone attacks on the Unity Explorer and Number 9 cargo ships as they transited the Red Sea, the scene of growing tensions over the war in Gaza.
Houthi military spokesman Yahya Sarea said in a televised speech that the insurgents “carried out an operation against two Israeli ships” in the Bab el-Mandab Strait, identifying the ships as the “Unity Explorer,” which flies the flag of the Bahamas, and the “Number 9,” which flies the flag of Panama. EFE