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U.S. Navy intercepted cruise missile launched by Houthi rebels in Red Sea

U.S. Navy intercepted cruise missile launched by Houthi rebels in Red Sea U.S. destroyer intercepted a cruise missile from Houthi rebels in the Red Sea (photo: GettyImages)

Yemen's Houthi rebels have once again launched a missile towards the Red Sea, which was intercepted by a U.S. Navy destroyer, according to the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM).

On January 30, at approximately 11:30 p.m. local time, Iranian-backed Houthi militants fired one anti-ship cruise missile from Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen toward the Red Sea.

The U.S. Central Command stated that the missile was shot down by USS Gravely (DDG 107), which was present in the area.

There were no injuries or damage reported.

Houthi attacks on ships in the Red Sea

Since November, Yemeni Houthi rebels have been carrying out attacks on merchant ships in the Red Sea with connections to Israel. In January, the terrorist group launched its most significant assault yet. U.S. and British military forces successfully repelled an attack in the Red Sea.

In early January, the U.S. and the UK conducted powerful strikes on targets associated with the Houthis in Yemen. This was a response to the ongoing Houthi attacks on civilian vessels in the Red Sea.

On January 28, it was reported that a Houthi drone attacked a British military ship in the Red Sea.

The very next day, the Houthi rebels claimed to have attacked an American destroyer. However, the Pentagon refuted the militants' statement.

To learn more about who the Houthis are and why they are attacking ships, you can read the article by RBC-Ukraine.