Bab al-Mandab, Yemen
9 January 2024

CENTCOM confirmed that the “Houthis launched a complex attack of Iranian designed one-way attack UAVs (OWA UAVs), anti-ship cruise missiles and an anti-ship ballistic missile from Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen into the southern Red Sea, towards international shipping lanes where dozens of merchant vessels were transiting. Eighteen OWA UAVs, two anti-ship cruise missiles, and one anti-ship ballistic missile were shot down… There were no injuries or damage reported”. A Houthi military spokesperson said that the operation’s target was “an American ship that was providing support to the Zionist entity [ie, Israel]”, as “a preliminary response to the malicious attack on our naval forces by American enemy forces” on 31 December 2023. The U.S. UN envoy asserted that “the threat to navigational rights and freedoms in the Red Sea is having global economic and security consequences – and necessitates a global response. The UN Security Council must act – without delay – to demand an end to Houthi attacks and support the unimpeded transit passage of vessels through the Red Sea”.

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