Title: US Military Defends Cargo Ship Against Houthi Rebel Attack in Red Sea
The Daily Guardian – In a recent incident, the United States military confirmed that its forces opened fire on Houthi rebels after they attacked a cargo ship in the Red Sea. The USS Gravely destroyer successfully intercepted two anti-ship ballistic missiles fired at the Singapore-flagged Maersk Hangzhou, which had reported being hit by a missile earlier.
The attack on the cargo ship involved four small boats, from which the rebels opened fire using small arms and attempted to board the vessel. Quickly responding to the distress call, the USS Gravely and helicopters from the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier issued verbal warnings to the attackers. In self-defense, US Navy helicopters returned fire, sinking three of the four boats and killing the individuals on board.
Thankfully, no harm was caused to US personnel, equipment, or the cargo ship. However, the Houthis have acknowledged that 10 of their fighters were killed during the confrontation and have warned of consequences.
This recent attack marks the 23rd illegal assault by the Houthis on international shipping since November 19. The Houthis claim that these attacks are a response to the Israeli offensive in Gaza. In response to the ongoing threats, the US has made it clear to the rebels that they take the situation seriously and will take necessary actions to protect shipping.
The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, aware of the risks posed by the Houthis, has called on President Joe Biden to take action in Yemen to prevent further attacks on vessels. Furthermore, Denmark-based shipping giant, Maersk, has announced a temporary suspension of shipping through the Red Sea for the next 48 hours following the attacks on its freighter.
The situation in the Red Sea remains tense, as the US naval forces in the Middle East have noted that the Houthis show no signs of ending their attacks on commercial ships. In response to this ongoing threat, an international coalition has been established to safeguard vessels in the region. The coalition involves the participation of the UK, Bahrain, Canada, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Seychelles, Spain, along with the United States.
Since the inception of Operation Prosperity Guardian, designed to protect merchant ships traveling through the Red Sea, a remarkable 1,200 vessels have successfully completed their journeys without falling victim to such attacks.
In conclusion, as tensions continue to rise in the Red Sea, the US military’s defense against the Houthi rebels’ attack on a cargo ship represents an ongoing commitment to preserving international shipping and safeguarding the lives of those involved. The need for global cooperation and strategic measures to deter such acts of aggression remains imperative as the region strives for stability.
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