Houthis Launch Sea Drone in Red Sea Despite Warning from US and Allies
Houthis Launch Sea Drone in Red Sea Despite Warning from US and Allies

"The Houthis, a group in control of Yemen, launched an unmanned boat armed with explosives towards U.S. Navy and commercial ships in the Red Sea. This happened shortly after the U.S. and its allies warned the Houthis to stop their attacks or face military action.

The boat got close to the ships before exploding, marking the first time the Houthis used such a vessel. These unmanned boats, also known as USVs, were previously used in the region during conflicts against the Saudi coalition forces.

Experts suggest these USVs, often assembled in Yemen, contain parts from Iran, including advanced systems for navigation. The United States has accused Iran of supporting the Houthis with money and weapons, like drones and missiles.

During an emergency meeting at the United Nations, the U.S. Deputy Ambassador pointed out Iran's involvement in the attacks. The U.S. isn't seeking conflict with Iran but emphasizes that Iran must stop supporting the Houthis' attacks on ships.

A joint statement by several nations, including the U.S., UK, and others, warned the Houthis to end their attacks. They stated that the Houthis would face consequences if they continued threatening lives and disrupting trade routes.

However, Pentagon officials didn't confirm if military action would follow the recent sea drone attack. They emphasized that warnings had been issued by many nations globally.

Since October, the Houthis have launched numerous attacks on ships in the Red Sea. In response, the U.S. and allies initiated Operation Prosperity Guardian to protect vessels passing through the Bab el-Mandeb Strait.

Despite this operation, the Houthis persist in their attacks, leading to the recent warning by the White House and allies. The U.S. Navy claims that since Operation Prosperity Guardian began, 1,500 ships have safely crossed the Red Sea.

Vice Admiral Cooper clarified that Operation Prosperity Guardian is a defensive measure and not linked to any potential military action against the Houthis.

The U.S., UK, France, Greece, and Denmark are contributing warships for this mission.

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