(Hodeidah) – Two sources from the Houthi-controlled Yemeni port of Hodeidah said on Sunday that ten Houthi rebels were killed in a US bombing that sank their ships in the Red Sea as they were attacking a container ship.
One of the sources said: “Ten Houthis were killed and two were injured during the American strike on Houthi boats that were trying to intercept a ship at sea off Hodeidah.”
The injured were rescued after the attack and taken to hospital, while four other people survived, according to sources in the port who spoke to Agence France-Presse on condition of anonymity.
The US military had previously claimed to have sunk three Houthi rebel ships, after attacks in the Red Sea on a container ship belonging to the Danish company Maersk, which led to the suspension of the passage of its ships in the region for 48 hours.
The US military command in the Middle East (CENTCOM) said in a press statement that the American helicopters, which were targeted by Houthi fire, “responded in self-defense, sinking three of the four small ships, and killing their crews.” The boat had “fled the area.”
Since the start of the conflict between Israel and Hamas, after the bloody attack carried out by the Palestinian Islamic movement last October 7 on Israeli territory, the Houthis have intensified their attacks in the Red Sea against ships they consider “linked to Israel,” in solidarity with Israel. With the bombing and siege of the Palestinian territories by the Israeli army.
the Maersk Hangzhoua Singapore-flagged container ship belonging to the Danish transport company Maersk, was a victim of “23H The US Central Command said that the Houthis have tried to attack international ships since October 19.
The United States, Israel's first ally, patrols the Red Sea, a strategic region of the globe, with other countries, within an international coalition to protect maritime traffic from Houthi attacks.
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