Fears are growing that the conflict will continue. A US destroyer “operating in the northern Red Sea” on Thursday shot down three surface-to-air missiles and several drones “potentially aimed at targets in Israel”. According to Washington, they were launched by Iran-backed Yemeni Houthi rebels.
The US Department of Defense said during a press conference that there were no injuries among USS Carney’s sailors or civilians on the ground “to our knowledge”.
The Iran-backed Houthis captured the Yemeni capital Sanaa in 2014, sparking a war against government forces that has killed hundreds of thousands of people and displaced millions, plunging the country into crisis. The world’s worst humanitarian crises.
The interception of these drones and missiles comes against the backdrop of Tehran’s heightened fears of Washington’s direct intervention in the conflict between Israel and Palestinian Hamas, which has already left several thousand dead.
Tension in Iraq
Lebanese Hezbollah, armed by Tehran, has been provoking the Israeli army guarding the border between the Hebrew state and the Cedars for days.
Iraqi armed groups close to Iran have threatened in recent days to attack US interests in Iraq because of Washington’s support for Israel.
Drone strikes against US forces and an international coalition “failed” in Iraq on Wednesday and the machines were “shot down”, causing minor injuries, US military officials indicated.
US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced on Saturday that the US would send a second aircraft carrier to the eastern Mediterranean to “prevent hostile actions against Israel or any attempt to escalate this war”.