The Pentagon has reported that the US warship USS Thomas Hudner has intercepted a drone fired from Yemen against Israel.
A rocket fired towards southern Israel by Houthi rebels in Yemen was intercepted by a US Navy destroyer in the Red Sea region for just the second time since the beginning of the Gaza War on October 7.
According to the Pentagon, on Wednesday, a drone launched from Yemen was intercepted by the destroyer USS Thomas Hudner, which is of the Arleigh-Burke class.
The Houthies, who are backed by Iran, have declared war on Israel after the US warship successfully intercepted missiles fired from Yemen for the first time last month.
Earlier this week, Pentagon deputy press secretary Sabrina Singh declared that since mid-October, there had been 55 strikes on US soldiers and bases in the Middle East, with 27 of those attacks occurring in Iraq and 28 in Syria.
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In the Central Command’s (CENTCOM) sphere of responsibility, and particularly in the Eastern Mediterranean and Red Sea regions, US forces have significantly increased their presence.
Just last week, the Houthis declared that they had shot down an American MQ-9 Reaper drone off the coast of Yemen. Later, US officials verified that the reports were accurate:
An unmanned US military drone was shot down off the coast of Yemen by Houthi forces, a defense official told CNN.
The official said the MQ-9 Reaper drone was operating in international airspace and over international waters when it was shot down. US Central Command is investigating the incident, the official said.
Additionally, Israel now has more warships cruising the Red Sea area, always on the lookout for incoming missiles. Since the Yemeni rebel group has promised to “help the Palestinians to victory,” they are keeping an eye on the skies over the Red Sea and around Israel.
Since 2015, the Houthis and Saudi Arabia, as well as their allies the US and the UAE, have been at war. The Saudi-UAE operation was prompted by the Shia rebel group’s 2014 takeover of Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, in order to support the pro-Saudi government. Over the course of the last five years of conflict, tens of thousands of people have died, and the nation is in danger of going hungry.
A week ago, Houthis released a video of the Reaper drone intercept.
This is a big step towards Washington perhaps becoming further entangled in a wider battle theatre since US warships are now actively attempting to shoot Yemeni drones and missiles out of the sky.