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Pentagon: US warship and several commercial ships under attack in Red Sea

A Houthi forces helicopter approaching the cargo ship Galaxy Leader on November 19, 2023, in the Red Sea. (Houthi Media Center via AP, File)
A Houthi forces helicopter approaching the cargo ship Galaxy Leader on November 19, 2023, in the Red Sea. (Houthi Media Center via AP, File)

An American warship and multiple commercial ships have come under attack in the Red Sea, the Pentagon says, potentially marking a major escalation in a series of maritime attacks in the Mideast linked to the Israel-Hamas war.

“We’re aware of reports regarding attacks on the USS Carney and commercial vessels in the Red Sea and will provide information as it becomes available,” the Pentagon says.

The British military earlier said there had been a suspected drone attack and explosions in the Red Sea, without elaborating.

The Pentagon did not identify where it believed the fire came from.

However, Yemen’s Houthi rebels have been launching a series of attacks on vessels in the Red Sea, as well as launching drones and missiles targeting Israel as it wages war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

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