The U.S. Military Central Command (CENTCOM) has attributed a series of terrorist attacks on commercial cargo ships in the Red Sea to the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The attacks, carried out by Houthi terrorists in Yemen, involved missiles and UAVs, resulting in damage to several vessels.
The U.S. has vowed to consider appropriate responses in coordination with international allies and partners. (Trending: Olympic Gold Medalist Sentenced For Jan 6)
“At approximately 9:15 a.m. Sanaa time, the CARNEY detected an anti-ship ballistic missile attack fired from Houthi controlled areas of Yemen toward the M/V UNITY EXPLORER, impacting in the vicinity of the vessel,” CENTCOM said.
Approximately three hours later, the Carney “engaged and shot down a UAV launched from Houthi controlled areas in Yemen” that was approaching the U.S. ship.
“In a separate attack at approximately 12:35 p.m., UNITY EXPLORER reported they were struck by a missile fired from Houthi controlled areas in Yemen,” CENTCOM reported.
“CARNEY responded to the distress call. While assisting with the damage assessment, CARNEY detected another inbound UAV, destroying the drone with no damage or injuries on the CARNEY or UNITY EXPLORER. UNITY EXPLORER reports minor damage from the missile strike.”
“At approximately 3:30 p.m. the M/V NUMBER 9 was struck by a missile fired from Houthi controlled areas in Yemen while operating international shipping lanes in the Red Sea,” continued the statement.
“At approximately 4:30 p.m., the M/V SOPHIE II, sent a distress call stating they were struck by a missile. … While en route to render support, CARNEY shot down a UAV headed in its direction,” ending the attack.
U.S. officials admitted that the attacks were launched by Houthi terrorists in Yemen, but they were “fully enabled by Iran,” in their statement.
“The United States will consider all appropriate responses in full coordination with its international allies and partners,” promised the U.S. officials.
These events follow a string of recent attacks on commercial shipping, including a hijacking and hostage situation involving a vessel.