The Pentagon reports that a merchant ship in the Red Sea was hit by a missile launched from Yemen, which is currently under Houthi control.

The Pentagon reports that a merchant ship in the Red Sea was hit by a missile launched from Yemen, which is currently under Houthi control.

On Saturday in the Red Sea, a United States destroyer patrolled and successfully intercepted two ballistic missiles that were launched towards it.Houthi-controlled

According to U.S. officials, while responding to a report of a commercial ship being hit by a missile, the United States was also monitoring areas of Yemen.

Several hours later, a group of four boats attempted to launch an attack on a U.S. cargo ship. U.S. military forces responded by firing at the boats, resulting in the sinking of three and the death of their crews, according to a statement from U.S. Central Command. No U.S. personnel or equipment were harmed in the incident.

At 8:30 p.m. local time, the container ship Maersk Hangzhou, which is owned by Denmark but flies a Singaporean flag, stated that it had been hit by a missile in the Southern Red Sea, according to U.S. Central Command.

The information was posted on social media.

While providing aid to the Maersk Hangzhou, the USS Gravely intercepted and destroyed two anti-ship missiles launched from Yemen, according to CENTCOM. The missiles were aimed at both the USS Gravely and the USS Laboon, both of which were responding to the situation with the Maersk Hangzhou, CENTCOM reported.

According to CENTCOM, a container ship called the Maersk Hangzhou experienced a second emergency at approximately 6:30 a.m. on Sunday. The ship was attacked by small boats originating from Houthi-controlled areas in Yemen, which fired weapons at the ship. The small boats came within 20 meters of the Maersk Hangzhou and attempted to board it, prompting a security team to return fire.

According to CENTCOM, American helicopters from the USS Eisenhower and Gravely were dispatched to respond to a distress call. As they communicated with the small boats, the boats fired back at the helicopters and their crew. In self-defense, the U.S. Navy helicopters fired back, sinking three of the four small boats and fatally injuring the crews. The fourth boat fled the scene.

The Iranian-backed Houthi militant group — which controls large portions of Yemen — has been targeting commercial vessels in the Red Sea since Hamas terrorists invaded Israel on Oct. 7, slaughtering at least 1,200 people and sparking the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.

The USS Gravely

In December 2023, the USS Gravely will be conducting patrols in the Red Sea.

U.S. Central Command

CENTCOM reports that the incident on Saturday marked the 23rd instance of the Houthis launching attacks on international ships since November 19.

CENTCOM reported that the USS Carney, a guided missile destroyer, was reported earlier this month.

14 attack drones were taken down.

Believed to have been discharged from Yemen, which is controlled by the Houthi group.

The White House last week accused

Iran’s deputy foreign minister has been accused of playing a significant role in the recent attacks on commercial ships by Houthi rebels in the Red Sea.denied.  

The Pentagon reported

On December 23, a drone fired from Iran struck a chemical tanker off the coast of India. The ship was sailing under a Liberian flag and was operated by a Dutch crew. Fortunately, no one was injured in the incident.

And in a 

Interview with CBS News on November 15th.

Iran’s Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, also refuted claims that Iran was accountable for the incident.

A drone launched from Yemen.

The USS Thomas Hudner, a guided-missile destroyer, successfully brought down a drone that was believed to be targeting the ship, according to U.S. officials.

“We strongly hoped that this crisis would not escalate,” Amir-Abdollahian stated in an interview with CBS News, discussing the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas. “However, the United States has been exacerbating the situation in Gaza by openly supporting Israel. Yemen is an autonomous nation and makes its own choices and takes independent actions.”

that it will cut its oil production by 40%

BP, a major energy company, declared a 40% reduction in its oil production last week.

The temporary halt of all gas and oil shipments was announced.

Due to the attacks, there have been disruptions in the Red Sea.

Ikea, the leading company in home furnishingsalso said

According to the Freights Baltic Index, it is possible that there will be supply shortages in the near future due to large shipping companies being compelled to avoid the Red Sea. The Red Sea serves as a crucial trade route between Europe and Asia, linking it to the Mediterranean and offering the shortest distance for trade.

Elizabeth Napolitano was a contributor to this report.

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