The US military announced that yesterday, Thursday, Central Command forces carried out 7 “self-defense” strikes against 4 Houthi drone boats and 7 anti-ship cruise missiles that were designed to be launched at ships in the Red Sea.
The military said in a statement that US Central Command has confirmed that missiles and drone boats located in areas controlled by the Houthis in Yemen represent an imminent threat to US Navy ships and commercial vessels in the region.
The statement said these measures will protect freedom of navigation and make international waters safe.
For its part, Houthi media said the American and British bombardment targeted the Ras Issa area in the al-Salif district in western Yemen's al-Hudaydah governorate with two strikes.
For his part, the group's leader, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, said, “The Yemen Front will continue to target the Israeli enemy until the aggression and siege on the Gaza Strip stops.”
U.S. discussion about the impact of the attacks on the military group's capabilities is merely entertainment and face-saving, he said in a televised speech.
reduction in ship traffic
In this context, Kristalina Georgieva, Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund, confirmed that ship traffic in the Red Sea decreased by half last January compared to the previous year.
In a related development, Maersk Shipping CEO Vincent Clerc said the US Navy has informed him of its current inability to guarantee safety of navigation for all vessels in the Red Sea.
The clerk said the situation in the region is escalating, as he expressed frustration about maritime shipping conditions due to the situation in the Middle East and the Red Sea.
In solidarity with the Gaza Strip, which has been facing continuous Israeli aggression since October 7, 2023, the Houthis are targeting cargo ships in the Red Sea, owned or operated by Israeli companies, with missiles and drones, or those that transport goods to and from Israel.
To try to stop them, US and British forces have launched attacks on their sites in Yemen since January 12, and the US military alone has periodically attacked missiles it says were launched. Are ready for.
Houthi attacks are affecting shipping traffic in the strategic region, through which 12% of global trade passes, and transportation costs have doubled as a result of shipping companies diverting their vessels to the Cape of Good Hope in the far south. Africa, which adds about a week to the journey between Asia and Europe.