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US destroys Houthi UAVs in Red Sea in 'self-defense'

The US destroyed drones launched by Yemen’s Houthi group, US Central Command (CENTCOM) said Tuesday.

"On Feb. 27, between the hours of 9:50 p.m. and 10:55 p.m. (Sanaa time), U.S. aircraft and a coalition warship shot down five Iranian-backed Houthi one-way attack (OWA) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the Red Sea," CENTCOM said on X.

CENTCOM said it identified the UAVs as originating from Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen and determined that they presented an "imminent threat" to merchant vessels and to US Navy ships and coalition ships in the region.

"These actions will protect freedom of navigation and make international waters safer and more secure for U.S. Navy and merchant vessels," it added.

Yemen’s Houthi group has been targeting cargo ships in the Red Sea owned or operated by Israeli companies or transporting goods to and from Israel in solidarity with the Gaza Strip, which has been under an Israeli onslaught since Oct. 7.

The Red Sea is one of the world's most frequently used sea routes for oil and fuel shipments.


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