Yemen: Americans reportedly destroy two Houthi missiles


US forces destroyed two Houthi anti-ship missiles in Yemen. The missiles apparently posed an imminent threat to ships in the area, according to the US military.

The United States and Britain have jointly carried out two rounds of strikes aimed at reducing the Houthis’ ability to target shipping. Washington also carried out a series of airstrikes on the Houthi rebels’ missiles on its own.

The latest strikes – which took place early Wednesday morning (Yemen time) – were carried out on two Houthi anti-ship missiles “targeted in the southern Red Sea and ready to launch”, the US Central Command said.

“U.S. forces have identified the missiles in Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen and determined that they pose an imminent threat to merchant vessels and U.S. naval vessels in the region,” according to the U.S. Central Command.

Houthi rebels began attacking ships in the Red Sea in November, leading to many ships being diverted around Africa. The rebels are apparently attacking ships with ties to Israel in support of Palestinians in Gaza.

The Yemeni rebels have since declared American and British interests as legitimate targets as well.

RNews earlier reported that the security threats on the coast of Yemen had brought all work to secure a dilapidated oil tanker to a standstill.

The oil tanker, FSO Safer, has stood on this coast for 48 years and has started to weather badly in the last few years. However, the ship is now described as a “ticking time bomb”, as it cannot be serviced in any way due to fighting in Yemen.

Fears arise that the ship’s hull is leaking, which could lead to an explosion and then dump barrels with thousands of liters of crude oil into the Red Sea.