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US says warship attacked, houthis target two israeli ships

This Nov. 12, 2018 photo shows The USS Carney in the Mediterranean Sea. The American warship and multiple commercial ships came under attack Sunday, Dec. 3, 2023 in the Red Sea, the Pentagon said, 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 said. (Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ryan U. Kledzik/U.S. Navy via AP)

Yemen’s Houthis claimed they carried out targeted operations against “two Israeli ships” in the Red Sea on Sunday, the latest in a series of actions by the rebel group linked to Israel’s war on Hamas.

The Houthi posting on X, formerly Twitter, followed a statement from the Pentagon, reported by the Associated Press, that a U.S. warship, the USS Carney, had come under attack.

The Yemen-based, Iranian-backed rebels said the Bahamian-flagged bulk carrier Unity Explorer was struck by a missile, while the Panama-flagged container ship Number 9 was hit by a naval drone.

The attacks came after the ships “ignored warning messages from the Yemeni naval forces,” according to the statement.

The statement didn’t mention a U.S. Navy vessel. The extent of any damage was unclear.

The incidents are the latest in a string of attacks on vessels in the region since rebels in Yemen last month issued a threat against ships with ties to Israel, calling them “legitimate targets.”

The Pentagon didn’t identify where the fire on the USS Carney, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, originated from, the AP said.

The United Explorer, which was on its way to Singapore from the U.S., issued “distress calls related to piracy/missile attack,” Al Arabiya reported earlier citing the maritime security firm Ambrey.

United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations, an arm of Britain’s Royal Navy, earlier said it received a report of a drone attack in the vicinity of the Bab el Mandeb Strait near Yemen.

Separately, on Saturday, U.S. Central Command said on X that a U.S. military plane had intercepted an Iranian drone “operating in an unsafe and unprofessional manner during aircraft carrier flight operations in the Arabian Gulf.”

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