Houthis say they targeted four ships in Gulf of Aden, including US destroyer

There are no reports of damage to vessels as Iran-backed Yemeni rebels continue to upend Red Sea commerce

Illustrative: A Houthi supporter holds a mock missile during a Jerusalem Day protest in support of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, in Sanaa, Yemen, April 5, 2024. (AP Photo/Osamah Abdulrahman)
Illustrative: A Houthi supporter holds a mock missile during a Jerusalem Day protest in support of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, in Sanaa, Yemen, April 5, 2024. (AP Photo/Osamah Abdulrahman)

CAIRO — Yemen’s Houthis said on Wednesday they’d targeted four vessels earlier in the day, including what they described as a United States warship, with drones and naval missiles in the Gulf of Aden, part of their stated campaign of solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza.

The Iran-aligned group attacked the ships MSC Darwin, MSC GINA and MV Yorktown, along with the US destroyer, the group’s military spokesman Yahya Sarea said in a televised speech.

There were no immediate reports that any of the ships had suffered damage.

The US military said on Tuesday that it had destroyed an inbound anti-ship ballistic missile over the Gulf of Aden that was launched by Houthis and likely targeting the MV Yorktown.

There were no injuries or damage reported to US, coalition, or commercial ships in that incident, the US Central Command added.

Months of Houthi attacks in the Red Sea have disrupted global shipping, forcing firms to re-route to longer and more expensive journeys around southern Africa, and stoked fears that the Israel-Hamas war could spread to destabilize the wider Middle East.

The United States and Britain have carried out strikes against Houthi targets in response to the attacks on shipping.

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