Houthi Rebels Claim Attack on US Warship, but American Official Dismisses Allegations

Yemen’s Houthi rebels have asserted that they targeted a US Navy mobile base, the USS Lewis B. Puller, in the Gulf of Aden. Brig. Gen. Yahya Saree, the Houthi military spokesperson, announced the attack, alleging the firing of a missile at the floating landing base. 

The USS Lewis B. Puller had been strategically positioned in the Arabian Sea as part of US efforts to counter Houthi assaults on commercial shipping routes in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.

Saree declared that Houthi attacks will persist until what they perceive as aggression ceases, emphasizing the lifting of the siege on the people of Palestine in the Gaza Strip.

However, an anonymous US defense official refuted the Houthi claim, stating that there were no reported attacks on the USS Lewis B. Puller. 

The Houthis have a history of launching missiles that often fail to reach their intended targets, ending up either on land or in the sea.

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Missing SEALs and Houthi Threat in Red Sea

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Yemen’s Houthi rebels have asserted that they targeted a US Navy mobile base, the USS Lewis B. Puller, in the Gulf of Aden. Brig. Gen. Yahya Saree, the Houthi military spokesperson, announced the attack, alleging the firing of a missile at the floating landing base.

The USS Lewis B. Puller has played a crucial role as a mobile base for US Navy SEALs. In a January 11 operation, SEALs seized components of Iranian-made ballistic and cruise missiles, suspected to be destined for Yemen. 

Tragically, two SEALs went missing during the operation and are presumed to have lost their lives.

The Houthi rebels have been actively targeting ships in the Red Sea since November, citing Israel’s offensive in Gaza against Hamas as motivation. 

However, their attacks have frequently targeted vessels with tenuous or no clear links to Israel, posing a threat to shipping in a vital global trade route connecting Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.

During a recent incident, a commercial vessel was struck by a missile launched by the Houthis on Friday, resulting in a devastating fire that burned for hours. 

The situation contributes to the ongoing tensions in the region, requiring careful observation and diplomatic actions to tackle the underlying reasons behind the conflict.

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