Container ship hit by Houthi missile, US warship shoots down others

Container ship hit by Houthi missile, US warship shoots down others
# 31 December 2023 05:40 (UTC +04:00)

The US Central Command says the Maersk Hangzhou container ship reported being struck by a missile while sailing through the Red Sea, seemingly the first successful attack since the launch of an international coalition to patrol the key waterway 10 days ago, APA reports citing The Times of Israel.

An American warship, the USS Gravely, shot down two more ballistic missiles while responding to a distress call along with the USS Labboon, the military says.

The missiles were fired from a part of Yemen controlled by the Iran-backed Houthi rebel group, which has carried out nearly two dozen attacks on merchant vessels in a bid to choke traffic traversing the key Bab al Mandeb strait connecting the Red Sea to the Indian Ocean.

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