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US to take 'appropriate action' over Houthi attacks in Red Sea

The U.S. has stationed ships and other military assets in the Middle East to prevent Israel's war in Gaza from spiraling into a larger conflict.

Published: December 5, 2023 9:47am

The United States is going to take "appropriate action" in response to the Houthi drone and missile attacks in the Red Sea after a skirmish between the militant group in Yemen and the U.S.

When Houthi rebels used missiles and drones to attack three commercial ships in the Red Sea on Sunday, the USS Carney, a Navy destroyer, intercepted and shot down the objects.

"We have made clear that the entire world needs to step up together — not the U.S. alone, but all of us working together — to deal with this — this emerging challenge that the — that the Houthis present, backed by Iran," national security advisor Jake Sullivan said Monday after the attack, according to the official White House transcript. "We are going to take appropriate action in consultation with others, and we will do so at a time and place of our choosing."

The U.S. has stationed ships and other military assets in the Middle East to prevent Israel's war in Gaza from spiraling into a larger conflict since Hamas terrorists invaded Israel on Oct. 7, killing about 1,200 people and taking around 240 others hostage.

The Houthi rebels, an Iran-backed group that the Biden administration delisted as terrorists, have been linked to an increasing number of attacks in the region since Oct. 7.

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