26 December 2023

According to CENTCOM, U.S. warships and aircraft downed “twelve one-way attack drones, three anti-ship ballistic missiles and two land attack cruise missiles in the southern Red Sea that were fired by the Houthis over a ten hour period... There was no damage to ships in the area or reported injuries”. A Houthis military spokesperson reported targeting a commercial ship, identified as MSC United, while reiterating “the continuation of their operations in the Red and Arab Seas against Israeli ships or those heading to the [Israeli] ports”. He also claimed that the Houthis had conducted drone attacks against “military targets” in southern Israel. The Israeli military reported downing an inbound hostile aerial target.

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