The United States has demanded the destruction of the anti-ship missile system of Yemen’s Houthi rebels. The Pentagon claimed this in a statement on Saturday. They said the missile was aimed at the Red Sea and was ready for launch.
Hours after Iran-backed rebels attacked a British tanker in the Gulf of Aden, they prepared a similar attack.
US and British forces launched joint strikes aimed at reducing the ability to attack ships on trade routes. The rebels said they carried out the attack in support of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Washington has also launched unilateral airstrikes and the Houthis have vowed to continue their offensive.
The US military’s Central Command (CENTCOM) said it launched another attack on the Houthis early Saturday morning. There ‘anti-ship missiles aimed at the Red Sea were ready to be launched’.
“The forces later shot down and destroyed the missile in self-defense,” Centcom said in a statement on social media platform X.
Houthi military spokesman Yahya Sari said the British oil tanker Marlin Luanda was damaged by a missile fired by the Yemeni navy the previous evening.
Meanwhile, China is pressuring Iran to rein in Houthi rebels’ attacks in the Red Sea. According to Iranian sources, the news agency Reuters says that Chinese officials have told Iran that there is a risk of damage to Tehran’s commercial relations with Beijing if the attacks of pro-Iranian rebels do not stop.