The Yemeni armed group said the USS Lewis B. Puller was targeted in the Gulf of Aden
On Sunday, Houthi militants fired a missile at an American warship in the Gulf of Aden, a spokesman for the Yemen-based group announced. He described the incident as the latest American response “aggression” In the region.
Yahya Saree said in a post on the Telegram app later the same day that the attack, which targeted the mobile base's expeditionary ship USS Lewis B. Puller, occurred on Sunday evening. The spokesman did not specify whether the missile hit the ship or not.
The warship in question was providing logistical support to the American forces participating in it “Aggression” Saree said that the attack on Yemen was targeted as part of the Houthi measures to protect the country.
The spokesman added that the movement will continue to strike commercial ships in the region until Israel ends its attacks on Gaza and lifts the siege on the Palestinian Strip.
The US military has not yet officially commented on the alleged attack. However, an unnamed US defense official told the AP that there were no reports of the USS Lewis B. Puller being targeted.
Since mid-October, the Houthis have launched several drones and missiles targeting ships bound for Israel off the coast of Yemen, disrupting shipping along major routes in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.
The United States and the United Kingdom subsequently launched air strikes against the group to reduce its ability to strike ships. However, it appears that so far they have been unable to prevent Houthi attacks.
Sarri claimed this on Wednesday “A number of our ballistic missiles reached their targets.” Amid clashes between Houthi forces and American warships protecting commercial ships.
US Central Command said on Saturday that it intercepted an anti-ship missile fired by the group that was forming “Imminent threat” For ships sailing in the area.
Shipping through the Suez Canal has fallen by 45% in the past two months amid Houthi attacks and retaliatory airstrikes by the US and UK, the United Nations said on Sunday.
“We are very concerned” Jan Hoffmann, head of trade logistics at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), told reporters. “We are seeing delays, higher costs and higher greenhouse gas emissions.” He said.
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