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U.S. Kills Houthi Rebels After Red Sea Attack On Maersk Ship

U.S. kills Houthi rebels after Red Sea attack on Maersk ship, according to the U.S. military, who intercepting two anti-ship ballistic missiles launched by the rebels. Following this incident, U.S. forces thwarted another attack on the same vessel, engaging four boats and eliminating several armed crews.

Hilda Workman
Jan 01, 20247802 Shares105427 Views
U.S. kills Houthi rebels after Red Sea attack on Maersk ship, according to the U.S. military, who intercepting two anti-ship ballistic missiles launched by the rebels. Following this incident, U.S. forces thwarted another attack on the same vessel, engaging four boats and eliminating several armed crews.
The Singapore-flagged Maersk Hangzhou, which had previously taken a missile strike on Saturday night in the Southern Red Sea, received no injuries, according to the U.S. Central Command. The USS GRAVELY and USS LABOON promptly responded to the vessel's distress call, ensuring its seaworthiness with no reported injuries. The Danish-owned ship remained unaffected by the subsequent attacks.
“This is the 23rd illegal attack by the Houthis on international shipping since Nov. 19,” CENTCOM said.
In a subsequent statement, CENTCOM revealed that the same ship issued an additional distress call concerning a second attack, this time involving four Iranian-backed Houthi small boats. The attackers, armed with small arms, approached the Maersk Hangzhou, coming within 20 meters (approximately 65 feet) of the vessel and attempting to board it, as per CENTCOM's account.
According to the central command, a contracted security team aboard the ship engaged the attackers, returning fire. Responding to the distress call, U.S. helicopters dispatched from the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier and USS GRAVELY intervened. While issuing verbal warnings to the assailants, the crews of the small boats fired upon the helicopters using small arms, as detailed in the statement.
In self-defense, U.S. Navy helicopters retaliated by sinking three of the four boats, killing their crews, while the fourth boat fled the area. CENTCOM reported no damage to U.S. personnel or equipment.
A 20mm Phalanx CIWS weapons defense cannon mounted on the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Gravely
A 20mm Phalanx CIWS weapons defense cannon mounted on the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Gravely
The Iran-backed Houthi rebels have claimed responsibility for attacks on ships in the Red Sea, attributing them to vessels linked to Israel or heading to Israeli ports. They assert that these actions aim to counter Israel's air-and-ground offensive in the Gaza Strip, initiated after the October 7 attack by the Palestinian militant group Hamas.
Despite an increasing number of nations joining the international maritime mission to safeguard vessels in the crucial waterway, Houthi rebels, according to the top commander of U.S. naval forces in the Middle East, show no signs of halting their "reckless" attacks on commercial ships in the Red Sea. Vice Adm. Brad Cooper noted that since the Pentagon announced Operation Prosperity Guardian 10 days ago, over 1,200 merchant ships have traversed the Red Sea region without any reported drone or missile strikes.
Amid growing anger in the Middle East over the devastation in Gaza, where Israel's military attacks have resulted in the deaths of at least 21,822 Palestinians, including 8,800 children, in under three months, unrest has escalated in the Red Sea.
The conflict was initiated when Hamas conducted a surprise cross-border attack on Israeli territory on October 7, leading to about 1,140 casualties, primarily civilians, according to Israel.
Throughout the ongoing war, the U.S., a staunch supporter of Israel both militarily and diplomatically, has experienced over 100 attacks on its assets from Iran-backed groups in Syria and Iraq since the conflict began.

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