Yemen’s Houthi rebels have claimed a successful attack on a US military ship. The Houthi military spokesperson, Yahya Sarea, announced that their naval forces directly hit the US warship. Alongside this, they reportedly targeted several US warships using ballistic missiles in the strategic waters of the Gulf of Aden and the Bab al Mandab strait.
The statement by the Houthi forces described the incident as a “clash” resulting in the direct hit on a US military vessel, compelling two commercial vessels to withdraw and return. This bold claim marks a notable increase in the intensity of the Houthi military activities in the region, particularly targeting US interests.
The Houthis’ assertion came shortly after the US reported an attack on the M/V Maersk Detroit, an American-flagged container ship. According to US Central Command, three anti-ship ballistic missiles were launched from Yemen towards the ship by the Iranian-backed Houthis. However, the US report stated that there were no injuries or damage to the M/V Maersk Detroit, contradicting the Houthis’ claims of a successful strike.
This incident represents a significant development in the ongoing conflict in Yemen, underscoring the Houthis’ willingness to engage directly with US military assets.