(PartiallyPolitics.com) – The Pentagon in an announcement noted that a number of commercial ships and American warships had come under attack in the Red Sea. The Houthi rebels in Yemen proceeded to claim that the two ships described were connected to Israel, however, they did not acknowledge that a vessel of the United States had also been targeted.
The attack could be viewed as a possible escalation in the maritime attacks in the region that are connected to the Israel-Hamas war.
In a statement to The Associated Press, the Pentagon noted that they were aware of the reports concerning the attacks on the USS Carney and commercial vessels in the region and that they would be making more information public as it became available.
The Pentagon has not provided any information on where they believe the fire came from. Houthi military spokesman Brig. Gen. Yahya Saree argued that the first attack had come from a missile while the second was the result of a drone. Saree did not mention the presence of a U.S. warship in the area of the attack.
Saree further claimed that so long as the way between Israel and Hamas continues, then so will the strikes. The Houthis are responsible for a number of attacks on vessels in the Red Sea and for launching missiles and drones targeting Israel following the outbreak of the war.
A United States Official who spoke on consideration of anonymity stated that the attack had been ongoing for five hours, and had started at around 10 a.m.
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