UK claims to have foiled Houthi drone attack in Red Sea | News from the Houthis

It is the latest in a series of attacks in the Red Sea that have caused major disruptions to global trade.

A British ship shot down a Houthi drone in the Red Sea, the British Ministry of Defense said, as tensions in the Middle East soar amid the ongoing war in Gaza.

“Yesterday, HMS Diamond successfully repelled a drone attack by the Iranian-backed Houthis in the Red Sea,” read a ministry statement published on X on Sunday.

“Diamond destroyed a drone that was targeting her, without any injury or damage to Diamond or her crew,” he added.

There was no immediate comment from the Houthis.

The group previously pledged to target Israel-linked ships in the region as part of an effort to pressure the country’s government to end its bombing of Gaza and allow more supplies of humanitarian aid in the Palestinian coastal enclave.

Gaza has been under heavy bombardment by Israeli forces since October 7, when Hamas fighters stormed communities in southern Israel, killing at least 1,139 people and capturing around 240 others, officials say. Israelis. Since then, at least 26,400 people have been killed in Gaza during the Israeli attack, according to the Palestinian authorities in the territory.

Houthi attacks in the Red Sea have caused major disruptions to global trade, with the region being a key artery of maritime commerce.

Some of the world’s largest shipping companies have suspended operations in the region, instead sending their cargo ships on a longer route around South Africa’s Cape of Good Hope, slowing trade between Asia and Europe.

In response to Houthi strikes, the UK and US launched several air raids on Yemeni soil, saying they were targeting military positions, including missile depots and launch sites.

The United States too redesignated the Houthis as a “terrorist” organization. US President Joe Biden delisted the group in 2021.

The Houthis responded by expanding the threat to all US- and UK-linked vessels in the region.

The Houthis have seized large swaths of northern Yemen since launching an offensive against the government in 2014. The war forced internationally recognized Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and his cabinet to relocate to the port city of Aden, in the south of the country, while triggering a brutal war. aerial bombing campaign led by Saudi Arabia.

A truce has been in effect since April 2022 as talks progress between the Houthis and Riyadh on a permanent ceasefire.

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