Yemen targets US vessels with drone swarm

The Ansarallah-led Yemeni armed forces announced on 9 March the targeting of a US merchant ship and naval destroyers in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden with dozens of missiles and drones.

“The Yemeni Armed Forces’ naval and air forces conducted two specific military operations,” Ansarallah spokesman Yahya Saree said in a statement.

“The first operation targeted the American ship’ Propel Fortune’ in the Gulf of Aden with several suitable naval missiles, while the second operation targeted many American war destroyers at the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden with 37 drones, and the two operations successfully achieved their goals,” the statement said.

US Central Command (CENTCOM) announced the downing of 15 Yemeni drones following a “large-scale attack.”

“Between 4 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. (Sanaa time), Iranian-backed Houthi terrorists conducted a large-scale uncrewed aerial vehicle (UAV) attack into the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden,” CENTCOM said in a statement.

“CENTCOM and coalition forces identified the one-way attack (OWA) UAVs and determined that they presented an imminent threat to merchant vessels, U.S. Navy, and coalition ships in the region,” the statement added.

“U.S. Navy vessels and aircraft, along with multiple coalition navy ships and aircraft, shot down 15 OWA UAVs.”

Yemeni forces began targeting Israeli-linked commercial ships in the Red Sea in November in response to Israel’s ongoing military campaign and medieval siege on Gaza. Widely viewed as genocide, the Israeli campaign has killed over 30,000 Palestinians, including women and children, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. Some estimates put the death toll significantly higher.

The US and UK responded by targeting Yemeni forces at sea and on land, including in the capital, Sanaa, with airstrikes.

Ansarallah leaders have vowed to continue attacking US, UK, and Israeli ships in the waters surrounding the Gulf Arab nation until Israel’s assault on Gaza ends. 

Source: The Cradle

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