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US armed forces shot down Houthi drone in Red Sea

US armed forces shot down Houthi drone in Red Sea The US military shot down a Houthi drone in the Red Sea (photo: Getty Images)

The US military destroyed a kamikaze drone launched by Yemeni Houthi rebels in the Red Sea on the night of May 6-7, according to the US Central Command's press service.

The kamikaze drone was deemed a direct threat to American military ships and commercial vessels in the region.

"At approximately 10:47 a.m. (Sanaa time) on May 6, 2024, US Central Command (USCENTCOM) forces successfully engaged and destroyed one uncrewed aerial system (UAS) launched by Iranian-backed Houthi terrorists over the Red Sea," the statement said.

The measures taken by the US military are aimed at ensuring the protection of navigation and enhancing security in the international waters of the region.

Houthi attacks in the Red Sea

Since November 2023, Houthi militants controlling parts of Yemen have regularly targeted commercial and military vessels in the Bab-el-Mandeb and Aden straits, as well as in the Red Sea, using drones and various types of missiles.

The increased threat to navigation has led several logistics companies to reroute ships around Africa, resulting in higher prices for goods in European and Asian markets. To counter these attacks, the US and its allies have formed a large coalition of countries interested in enhancing security in the region.

Last month, the Houthis claimed to have shot down a US MQ-9 drone in Yemeni airspace.

Meanwhile, in areas of Yemen controlled by the Houthis, American forces have destroyed a surface drone and an unmanned aerial vehicle.