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The Houthis continue their attacks in the Red Sea against cargo ships, significantly affecting international trade.

Agence France-Presse

L&#x27 The US military shot down a drone off the coast of Yemen on Thursday and destroyed an unmanned naval surface drone loaded with explosives in the Red Sea as the Houthis continue to threaten maritime traffic in the region.

The American military Command in the Middle East (Centcom) also announced that this Yemeni movement close to Iran had launched two missiles potentially targeting a cargo ship, but without hitting it.

The drone was shot down over the Gulf of Aden early Thursday, Centcom said without specifying who it belonged to. However, he blamed the Houthis for the drone ship, the destruction of which caused significant explosions but no injuries or material damage.

The US military previously announced that it had destroyed ten Houthi drones and three Iranian drones in a series of strikes.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">In recent weeks, the Houthis, who control much of Yemen at war, have increased attacks on ships in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden , essential passages of world trade.

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The Houthis say they are acting in solidarity with the Palestinians of Gaza, a territory besieged and bombed by Israel, at war against the Hamas movement since the bloody attack carried out by the latter on Israeli soil on October 7.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">On Wednesday around 8:30 p.m. local time, the Houthis launched an anti-ship ballistic missile […] towards the Gulf of Aden, Centcom announced in a statement.

Less than an hour later, the same destroyer shot down three Iranian drones that were nearby, Centcom added .

In the evening, he again announced that American strikes had destroyed ten attack drones and a Houthi command post, which constituted an imminent threat to merchant ships and American military vessels.

Earlier on Wednesday, the US military also said it had destroyed a Houthi surface-to-air missile ready to be fired from Yemen and which it said threatened, American planes.

The Houthis claimed on Wednesday to have targeted an American ship, the USS Gravely.

D& #x27;other pro-Iranian armed groups have attacked American bases in Iraq and Syria in recent months.

One of these attacks cost the lives of three American soldiers on Sunday in Jordan, on the Syrian border. Washington blamed it on the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, a nebula of fighters from pro-Iran armed groups, with Tehran refuting any involvement.

The United States and Iran have repeatedly reiterated that they are not seeking an escalation of tensions in the Middle East in the context of the war in Gaza.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak once again called on Thursday for an end to reckless attacks by the Houthis during a telephone conversation with Sultan Haitham of Oman, Yemen's neighbor and an important mediator between the #x27;Iran and Western countries.

Rishi Sunak, whose country has carried out several joint strikes against the Houthis with Washington, stressed that military action was only a last resort in the face of intolerable threats to global navigation, according to a statement from his office.

In the Gulf of Aden, another merchant ship was hit by a missile, causing an explosion on board, British maritime security company Ambrey said on Thursday.

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A British Armed Forces technician prepares an aircraft to carry out airstrikes against the Houthis in Yemen.< /p>

The Houthis, who say they are targeting ships linked to Israel, have carried out more than 35 attacks on ships off Yemen since November 19, according to the US Department of Defense.

Before launching strikes in January, the United States, Israel's main ally, deployed warships to the Red Sea and established an international maritime coalition to protect this crucial area by where up to 12% of global trade passes.

Since then, the Houthis also consider ships linked to the United States or the United Kingdom as legitimate targets.

Washington announced in mid-January to designate them again as a terrorist entity.

The impact of these tensions in this area is heavy: maritime transport of containers through the Red Sea has fallen by almost 30% over one year, the Monetary Fund announced on Wednesday international (IMF).

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