Yemen's Houthis Begin Targeting American and British Ships in Red Sea

Sheba Intelligence | 2023-12-04 09:15 AM UTC



Sources told Sheba Intelligence that the Houthi group opened an investigation to find out the cause of the explosion that happened  in a missile fuel store in Attan Mountain, which overlooks the capital, Sanaa, last Thursday. Intelligence and military Houthi leaders accused each other of negligence.


The sources indicated that the explosion of the missile fuel store prompted the Houthi group to intensify its attacks on ships in the Red Sea and expand the attacks on non-Israeli targets, including the Bahamas-flagged Unity Explorer and the American destroyer (USS Carney).


U.S. Navy warship shot down drones fired at various commercial vessels in the Red Sea on Sunday, officials said, with at least one commercial ship encountering a missile fired in its direction. 

"Today, there were four attacks against three separate commercial vessels operating in international waters in the southern Red Sea. These three vessels are connected to 14 separate nations," U.S. Central Command confirmed in a statement  Sunday. 

A missile was fired in the direction of the Unity Explorer, a British commercial ship in the area, according to an official at the U.S. Department of Defense. Moreover, the USS Carney shot down another drone fired in its direction as it moved to assist the Unity Explorer.

Yesterday, Houthi military spokesperson Yahia Sarea said  the Houthi naval forces carried out an operation against two Israeli ships in Bab al-Mandab, namely the "Unity Explorer" ship and the "Number Nine" ship. The first ship was targeted with a naval missile, and the second ship with a naval drone.

Sarea indicated that the pro-Houthi Yemeni armed forces will continue to prevent Israeli ships from navigating the Red and Arabian Seas until the Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip stops.

In a televised speech on Yemen's Independence Day on Thursday, the Houthi of the Supreme Political Council of the Houthi group, Mahdi Al-Mashat, said, "Any American escalation will not dissuade us from our principled position on the Palestinian issue, and that any measure that harms the interests of our people will be tantamount to a declaration of war and will be dealt with on this basis."

He called on Washington to "make fundamental adjustments in its hostile behavior" towards Yemen, thinking that the U.S. behavior does not serve peace in the region.