A U.S. Navy warship successfully intercepted three land attack cruise missiles and multiple drones that were launched from Yemen, according to Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder, Pentagon press secretary. The USS Carney, a Navy destroyer stationed in the northern Red Sea, shot down the missiles and drones over the water.
While the exact targets of these projectiles remain unknown, there is a possibility that they were heading towards Israel. However, a U.S. official, speaking anonymously, stated that they do not believe the ship was the intended target.
The decision to shoot down the missiles and drones was based on the potential threat they posed, given their flight profile. Ryder emphasized that the United States is fully committed to safeguarding its partners and interests in the region, and will take necessary measures accordingly.
Fortunately, no injuries were reported among U.S. forces or civilians on the ground as a result of this incident.
The Houthi rebels in Yemen, who are backed by Iran, have shown support for the Palestinians and have previously threatened Israel. Just last week in Sanaa, the capital held by the Houthi rebels who are still engaged in conflict with a Saudi-led coalition, demonstrators displayed Yemeni and Palestinian flags, chanting provocative slogans against America and Israel.
Abdel-Malek al-Houthi, leader of the rebel group, warned the United States against interfering in the Israel-Hamas conflict. He threatened that his forces would retaliate by launching drones and missiles.
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