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U.S. Navy ship shoots down drone launched from Yemen

Last week, the USS Thomas Hudner shot down "multiple one-way attack drones" launched from Houthi territory.

Published: November 29, 2023 4:23pm

A U.S. Navy destroyer shot down an Iranian-made drone launched from Yemen, marking the latest exchange of fire in the Red Sea as the Houthi rebel faction escalates its activities.

The USS Carney gunned down the KAS-04 drone over the Red Sea while the vessel was positioned near the Bab el-Mandeb Strait that separates the sea from the Gulf of Aden, Politico reported, citing a U.S. official. 

The U.S. Navy has previously fired on unmanned aircraft launched by the Iran-backed Houthi faction. Last week, the USS Thomas Hudner shot down "multiple one-way attack drones" launched from Houthi territory, United States Central Command confirmed.

The Carney in late October intercepted a string of missiles fired from Yemen.

The Houthis are one of three primary factions in the ongoing Yemeni Civil War, alongside the official government and the Southern Transitional Council. Iran is known to support the Houthi faction and the rebel group has recently launched a litany of attacks on Israel amid the ongoing conflict in the Gaza Strip.

CENTCOM on Monday stated that the Navy intervened to stop a Houthi hijacking of a commercial ship in the Red Sea.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on X, formerly Twitter.

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