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Yemen conducts drone operation against ‘several’ US warships in support of Gaza

Yemen says its armed forces would strike any US and British targets “within the firing range” in response to their recent acts of aggression against the Yemeni territory. (File photo)

Yemen’s air force has targeted “several” US warships in the Red Sea and the Arabian Sea with a “number of drones.”

Yemen has conducted operations of that type over the past weeks in a solid display of support for the Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Brigadier General Yahya Saree, the spokesman for the Yemeni military, said in a statement on Tuesday that the drone operation targeted “hostile US warships” and “sensitive sites” in the Israeli-occupied Palestinians territories, Yemen’s official Saba Net news agency reported.

Saree said those sites sit in the city of Umm Rashrash, also known as Eilat, in the southern part of the occupied territories.

The Yemeni spokesman said the naval units of the armed forces had carried out an operation targeting the Israeli ship MSC SILVER in the Gulf of Aden “with a number of appropriate naval missiles.”

“These operations come as a victory for the Palestinian people, who are subjected to aggression and siege until this moment, and in response to the American-British aggression against Yemen,” Saree stated.

Yemen’s armed forces have been targeting Israeli ships and those bound for Israeli ports since November in solidarity with the Palestinians in Gaza.

According to Yemen’s al-Masirah television network, the Yemeni armed forces have since November 19, 2023 carried out 30 naval operations, targeting 32 ships, including three ships owned by the Israeli regime, 13 US ships, 6 British ships and 10 ships heading to Israeli ports.

Israel has killed more than 29,000 people, mostly women and children, and injured some 70,000 others in Gaza since the regime launched its US-backed onslaught on October 7, 2023.

Ibrahim Mohammad al-Deilami, the Yemeni ambassador to Iran, said on Sunday that Yemen’s armed forces would strike any US and British targets “within the firing range” in response to their recent acts of aggression against Yemen’s territory.

The pro-Palestine Yemeni operations have prompted some shipping companies to detour around southern Africa to avoid the Red Sea, which normally carries about 12 percent of global maritime trade.

The Yemeni army says only Israeli, US and British ships are targeted, asserting that other countries can rest assured of the safety of their cargoes.

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