US military destroys nine Houthi drones in the past 24 hours

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The US military said on Tuesday it had destroyed eight Houthi drones in Yemen and one over the Gulf of Aden in the past 24 hours.

US Central Command said on the social media site X that there were no injuries or damage reported to US, coalition or merchant vessels in the incident.

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A day prior, the US military said it had destroyed four Houthi radars, one uncrewed surface vessel and one drone.

The radars and uncrewed surface vessel were destroyed in Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen, US Central Command said in a post on the social media site X. The drone was destroyed over the Red Sea.

The Houthis, who control Yemen’s capital and most populous areas, have attacked international shipping in the Red Sea since November in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza. In that time, they have sunk one ship, seized another vessel and killed three sailors in separate attacks.

Despite reprisals from the US-British coalition and other navies, the Houthis have escalated their campaign against commercial vessels in one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes.

Their missile and drone attacks have forced ship owners to reroute vessels away from the vital Suez Canal shortcut - sending costs and delays cascading through the vital ocean shipping industry that transports about 80 percent of international trade.

With agencies

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