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Iran-backed Houthi rebels attack US destroyer in Red Sea

Iran-backed Houthi rebels attack US destroyer in Red Sea
Pro-Houthi protesters carry weapons during a rally against the US-led offensive. Europa Press/Contact/Osamah Yahya/Archive

The Yemen's Shia Houthi rebels They announced on Wednesday “Several naval missiles” were launched Against A American destroyer in the South Red Seawithin it “Legal Right to Defence” Against blasts United States and United Kingdom.

Houthi military spokesman, Yehya is rightAs stated in its official account “USS Gravely” shot down a missile launched by the Houthis “Toward the Red Sea.”

He insisted that his new attack was happening “For the Defense of the Oppressed Palestinian People” and “in the framework of a response to American-British aggression against our country.”

“The Yemeni armed forces (as the Houthis define themselves) reaffirm that all American and British warships in the Red Sea and Arabian Sea are participating in the aggression against our country, which are on the target shores of our forces, and will be attacked on the right. Defense of our country, our people and our nation,” he added.

File photo of the destroyer USS Gravely in the Mediterranean Sea. Seaman Gabriela Chambers/US Na / DPA

This is the first time the Houthi rebels have spoken out in a statement backed by the Iranian regime “defense” Against recent bombings of US and UK missile and drone launch sites to ensure navigation in the Red Sea.

In recent weeks, the Houthis have carried out numerous attacks against Israeli or Israeli-affiliated merchant ships “in support of the oppressed Palestinian people in Gaza,” prompting several shipping companies to stop using the vital sea route.

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A spokesman for Yemen's rebels, who have controlled large swathes of the impoverished Arab country's north, center and west since 2014, insisted their forces “Blocking Israeli shipping or shipping to occupied Palestinian ports until the occupation of Gaza ends and the siege lifted”.

British oil tanker 'Marlin Luanda' attacked by Yemeni Houthis

He Iranian regime He warned this Wednesday that he would respond “End and strength“Any attack against its border or its interests, amid tensions over the death of three American soldiers Jordan In an attack by pro-Iranian militants.

Any attack against Iranian soil or its interests and nationals outside the country will receive a decisive and strong response.“said Iran's ambassador to the UN. Ameer Syed Khalil Irawani, In reports collected by the agency IRNA.

Iravani also rejected it Iran and the United States Then they exchanged messages through intermediaries Drone attack Three American soldiers died on Sunday in Jordan, near the border Syria.

Tower 22, the US base attacked by pro-Iranian militants in Jordan (Planet Labs PBC/Handout via REUTERS/File)

“No messages were exchanged,” said the ambassador.

The United States blamed it Iran 40 people were injured in the attack.

I hold them responsible in the sense that they provide arms to those who did it” said US President Joe Biden.

The president assured that he had already decided how to respond to the soldiers' deaths, although he did not give further details.

(with information from EFE)