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U.S. struck Houthi cruise missiles and drones in Yemen

U.S. struck Houthi cruise missiles and drones in Yemen The U.S. struck Houthi cruise missiles and drones (Getty Images).

The U.S. has launched a series of strikes against Houthi cruise missiles and surface drones in Yemen, according to the U.S. Central Command.

"U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) forces conducted seven self-defense strikes against four Houthi unmanned surface vessels (USV) and seven mobile anti-ship cruise missiles that were prepared to launch against ships in the Red Sea," the U.S. Central Command said.

It is reported that the U.S. military detected these missiles and USVs in Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen and determined they presented an imminent threat to U.S. Navy ships and merchant vessels 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.

Houthi attacks on ships in the Red Sea

Since November of last year, there have been ongoing attacks by Yemeni Houthis on trade ships in the Red Sea, often associated with Israel. In January, the terrorist group launched its most significant attack. The U.S. and British military repelled an attack in the Red Sea in early January.

At the beginning of January, the U.S. and Britain conducted powerful strikes against Houthi-related targets in Yemen. This was in response to the constant attacks by the Houthis on civilian ships in the Red Sea.

On January 28, a Houthi drone in the Red Sea attacked a British military ship, and the next day, the Yemeni Houthis claimed to have attacked an American destroyer. However, the Pentagon refuted the militants' claim.

Also, on February 6, it was reported that a British cargo ship was attacked by the Houthis in the Red Sea.