CENTCOM confirmed that it had responded to a distress call from the container ship Maersk Hangzhou, which had been hit by a missile in the Red Sea. It added: “While responding, the USS Gravely shot down two anti-ship ballistic missiles fired from Houthi-controlled areas in Yemen toward the ships. This is the 23rd illegal attack by the Houthis on international shipping since 19 November”. The same day, a Houthi military spokesperson warned the U.S. “of the consequences of undertaking any escalation”.
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