US downs 3 drones from Houthi area of Yemen ‘to protect freedom of navigation’

US Central Command (CENTCOM) says it has destroyed three drones launched from a Houthi controlled area of Yemen into the Red Sea.

“It was determined that these UAS [uncrewed aerial systems] presented an imminent threat to both coalition forces and merchant vessels in the region,” CENTCOM says in a statement.

“These actions are taken to protect freedom of navigation and make international waters safer and more secure for US, coalition, and merchant vessels.”

CENTCOM also reports that a drone was launched from a Houthi controlled area of Yemen into the Gulf of Aden yesterday, with no injuries or damage reported by American, coalition, or commercial ship.

The Iran-aligned Houthi rebels say their attacks on shipping in the Red Sea, Bab al-Mandab Strait and Gulf of Aden in recent months are aimed at pressuring Israel to end its war against Hamas in Gaza, which the terror group claims has killed almost 35,000 Palestinians there.

The war began after Hamas attacked Israel on October 7, killing some 1,200 people and taking 252 others hostage, mostly civilians.

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