A US Navy ship within the Purple Sea on Thursday shot down missiles and drones that had been fired by Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, probably at Israel, the Pentagon stated.
Three “land-attack cruise missiles and several other drones” had been intercepted by a destroyer, Pentagon spokesman Brigadier Normal Pat Ryder advised reporters. The assault was “launched by Houthi forces in Yemen” doubtlessly towards targets in Israel, he added.
The ship, USS Carney, was patrolling within the Purple Sea as a part of a closely strengthened US navy presence ordered by President Joe Biden to take care of stability within the wake of battle between Israel and the Hamas militant group within the Gaza Strip.
Ryder stated that missiles had been fired from Yemen, the place the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels are at battle with a authorities backed by a Saudi-led coalition.
He stated there have been no US casualties and that the intercepted missiles probably fell in open water, not over land.
“We can’t say for sure what these missiles had been focusing on, however they had been launched from Yemen, heading north alongside the Purple Sea.”
“Our defensive response was one we’d have taken for any comparable menace within the area,” he stated.
“Now we have the potential to defend our broader pursuits within the area and to discourage regional escalation and broader growth of the battle that started with Hamas’ assault on Israeli civilians.”
Biden has ordered elevated air and naval property — together with dispatching two plane carriers — to the Center East to protect towards the Israel-Hamas battle spilling over within the tinderbox area.
On Tuesday, the Pentagon additionally ordered 2,000 personnel on standby for potential deployment.
Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin stated the deployment would permit the US “to reply extra shortly” to the disaster, whereas the White Home confused it didn’t intend to place US fight forces on the bottom.
US media reported the troops being readied for deployment would cowl assist roles, corresponding to medical help and dealing with explosives.
Biden flew to Israel in a dramatic present of US assist this week and was on account of communicate from the White Home later Thursday in a speech urging Congress to fund navy backing for Israel and one other embattled US ally — Ukraine.
Requested by journalists late Wednesday about stories that his administration had advised Israel that US forces would struggle alongside Israeli troops in response to any assault by the highly effective Lebanese motion Hezbollah towards Israel, Biden stated this was “not true.”
Nevertheless, he stated that “our navy is speaking with their navy about what the options are” within the occasion of a Hezbollah assault.