The Pentagon says US warships and merchant ships have been attacked in the Red Sea

A US Navy ship and several merchant ships were attacked in the Red Sea Pentagon he reported on Sunday, the same day Yemen’s Houthi rebel group said it had targeted two Israeli ships there.

“We are aware of reports of attacks on the USS Carney and merchant ships in the Red Sea and will provide information as it becomes available at a later date,” the Pentagon said in a statement.

The attacks on merchant ships took place over several hours and are believed to have been launched by Houthi missiles, according to defense officials, in what would represent an escalation in the ongoing Israel-Hamas war. The Pentagon has not said where the attacks on the USS Carney came from.

The Carney, a US Navy destroyer, spotted a ballistic missile fired at a civilian merchant ship named the Unity Explorer and then responded to distress reports from the vessel. While assisting the Unity Explorer, the Carney destroyed another Houthi drone that was heading towards itself and the Unity Explorer.

The Iran-backed Houthi group said in a statement on Sunday that it launched missile and drone attacks against two ships it believes are linked to Israel in the Red Sea’s Bab al-Madeb strait, also known as the Gate of Tears.

The statement did not mention any attacks on US ships, only the “Unity Explorer” and “Number Nine”, which the group said were both linked to Israel.

“The Yemeni armed forces continue to prevent Israeli ships from sailing in the Red Sea and the Arabian Sea until the Israeli attack on our steadfast brothers in the Gaza Strip stops,” the Houthis said.

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The Yemeni army has previously warned that all Israeli ships or any entities associated with Israel would be a “legitimate target” for attack until the end of the war in Gaza. In November, the group said it seized an Israeli ship.

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