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UK says British, American navies repelled 'largest attack' by Houthis in Red Sea

The US and British navies shot down drones and missiles fired to repel the “largest attack” from Yemen’s Houthis in the Red Sea, the British Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.

"Overnight, HMS DIAMOND, along with US warships, successfully repelled the largest attack from the Iranian-backed Houthis in the Red Sea to date," a ministry statement said.

"Deploying Sea Viper missiles and guns, DIAMOND destroyed multiple attack drones heading for her and commercial shipping in the area, with no injuries or damage sustained to DIAMOND or her crew," it added.

The US said Tuesday they shot down 21 drones and missiles launched by Houthis.

This was the 26th Houthi attack on commercial shipping lanes in the Red Sea since Nov. 19, US Central Command (CENTCOM) wrote on X, adding there were no injuries or damage reported.

The British Defense Ministry said: "The UK alongside allies have previously made clear that these illegal attacks are completely unacceptable and if continued the Houthis will bear the consequences."

In a joint statement last week, the US, Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the UK called for the immediate end to the "illegal attacks" and the release of unlawfully detained vessels and crews.

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