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Navy makes use of anti-ship ballistic missiles to have interaction Iran-backed Houthis in Crimson Sea

The U.S. Navy fired anti-ship ballistic missiles on Tuesday towards incoming Iran-backed Houthi missiles within the Crimson Sea, signaling a big escalation within the area, a senior protection official informed Fox Information. 

The Navy engaged three ballistic missiles supplied to Yemen’s Houthis by Iran. It was the primary time the Navy shot down an incoming ballistic missile utilizing an anti-ship ballistic missile.

The USS Laboon and property from the Eisenhower Provider Strike Group shot down 12 one-way assault drones, three anti-ship ballistic missiles and two land assault missiles fired by the Houthis over a 12-hour interval, U.S. Central Command mentioned.

Practically 100 drones operated by the Houthis have been shot down since Oct. 17. The group has attacked greater than 21 worldwide vessels within the area, which has disrupted world transport.

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USS Carney in Mediterranean

This Nov. 12, 2018 photograph exhibits The USS Carney within the Mediterranean Sea. The American warship and a number of business ships got here below assault Sunday, Dec. 3, 2023 within the Crimson Sea, the Pentagon mentioned. (Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ryan U. Kledzik/U.S. Navy by way of AP)

The Swiss-based Mediterranean Transport Co. (MSC) mentioned Tuesday that its container ship MSC United VIII was attacked round 12:25 UTC whereas en route from King Abdullah Port, Saudi Arabia to Karachi, Pakistan. 

“At the moment, all crew are protected with no reported accidents and a radical evaluation of the vessel is being launched,” MSC mentioned in a press release. “Our first precedence stays defending the lives and security of our seafarers, and till their security may be ensured MSC will proceed to reroute vessels booked for Suez transit by way of the Cape of Good Hope.” 

Assaults within the Crimson Sea have soared following Israel’s navy offensive towards Hamas within the Gaza Strip. 

Main transport corporations, together with Denmark-based big Maersk, have been avoiding the Crimson Sea and sending their ships round Africa and the Cape of Good Hope, including prices and delays. 

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Tuesday’s engagement got here after three U.S. service members had been injured in Iraq on Christmas Day when terrorists with Kataib Hezbollah, an Iranian proxy, attacked Erbil Air Base. A type of injured was in essential situation. 

In response, U.S. forces performed airstrikes on three services utilized by Kataib Hezbollah and affiliated teams in Iraq,” Secretary of Protection Lloyd J. Austin mentioned.

Fox Information’ Bradford Betz contributed to this report. 

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