What happened in Red Sea?
On January 24, 2024, at 2 pm (Sanaa time), Iranian backed Houthis rebels fired three anti-ship missiles ballistic missiles from Houthi control areas of Yemen toward the U.S-flagged ship which is owned and operated container ship M/V Maersk Detroit, transiting the Gulf of Aden. One missile impacted in the sea. The two other missiles were engaged and take down by the U. S’s Gravely (DDG 107). There were no reported injuries or damage to the ship.
Report by InewsFeeds
In a tense maritime confrontation, Houthi rebels have forced a U.S.-flagged ship to return amidst a series of missile attacks in the Red Sea. The U.S. Navy is actively engaged in escorting Maersk vessels through the region as Houthi forces launch missiles, resulting in a high-stakes clash in the strategic waterway.
Reports indicate that an intense battle between Houthi rebels and the U.S. Navy is currently raging in the Red Sea. The U.S. Navy intercepted missiles during its escort mission of two Maersk ships. Maersk, the shipping firm involved, stated that two U.S.-flagged vessels turned around after witnessing explosions in close proximity.
Thankfully, the vessels and their crews emerged unharmed and were escorted back to the Gulf of Aden by the vigilant U.S. Navy. Maersk, in an official statement, confirmed the incident and highlighted the proactive response of the U.S. Navy in ensuring the safety of the ships and their crews.
“The accompanying U.S. Navy ship successfully intercepted several missiles aimed at the convoy. The incident occurred near the Bab el Mandeb strait off the coast of Yemen,” stated Maersk in their official release.
The security risk in the Red Sea, according to Maersk, “remains at a significant level,” emphasizing the ongoing challenges faced by commercial vessels navigating through the region.
In response to the attacks, U.S. Central Command (Centcom) asserted that the Houthis fired three anti-ship ballistic missiles from Yemen. Centcom reported that two of the missiles were successfully intercepted by the U.S. Navy, preventing potential harm to the escorted vessels. Unfortunately, one missile impacted in the Red Sea, further intensifying the gravity of the situation.
The incident has heightened concerns about the security of maritime routes in the region, with global shipping giant Maersk and the U.S. Navy collaborating closely to address the evolving challenges posed by Houthi forces in the Red Sea.
As tensions escalate, the international community closely watches the unfolding developments, emphasizing the importance of safeguarding critical maritime passages in this geopolitically sensitive area.