Yemen’s Houthis claim to have hit a US naval destroyer with missiles in the Red Sea

Victims of Saudi-led airstrikes on a university that had been used as a detention center by Houthi rebels in Dhamar, in southwestern Yemen, on Sunday. Source:Mohamed Al-Sayaghi/Reuters/Wikimedia Commons

Arab News, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
(TNS)

Jun. 17—SANAA — The Houthi militia’s army spokesman, Yahya Saree, announced on Sunday that an American destroyer and two Israel-linked ships were targeted in recent operations in the Red and Arabian seas.

Saree said that the US destroyer was hit by ballistic missiles in the Red Sea, while the two ships — Captain Paris and Happy Condor — were targeted in the Arabian Sea using naval missiles and drones, respectively.

He stated that these ships were targeted because they were en route to ports in Israeli-occupied territories.

Saree reaffirmed Yemen’s stance, declaring that attacks on Israel-linked shipping will persist until Israel ends its war on Gaza and lifts the siege on Palestinian territories.

He also emphasized that the Yemeni army would continue to defend its territory against US-UK “aggression,” referring to joint airstrikes by the two Western nations, which the latter claim were launched to protect international shipping.

The Houthis have rejected these claims, asserting that their military operations in international waters, ongoing since mid-November, only target Israeli ships or vessels heading to Israeli-occupied ports.

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