Yemen Navy Attacks United States Destroyers In Red Sea

On March 5, 2024, the Armed Forces of Yemen announced that it attacked two American warships in the Red Sea with drones and missiles. 

“The Yemeni armed forces, with the help of God Almighty, carried out an effective military operation in which they targeted two American warship destroyers in the Red Sea, through our naval forces, the missile force, and the unmanned air force. The operation was carried out with a number of naval missiles and drones,” the Yemeni army declared in a statement published on the evening of March 5. 

“The operations of the Yemeni armed forces will not stop until the aggression stops and the siege imposed on the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip is lifted,” the statement continued. 

On March 6, CENTCOM stated that it took out a missile and three drones dispatched toward the USS Carney the previous night. 

Yemen’s most recent operation came a day after it launched a ballistic missile and drone attack on the MSC Sky, an Israeli vessel in the Red Sea. The targeting of the Israeli ship came a few hours after Yemeni forces launched multiple ballistic missiles toward US military vessels in the Red Sea. 

Since November, Yemen has been launching attacks against Israeli-connected vessels that enter the Red Sea as an expression of solidarity with the people of Palestine. The Israeli military responded to Hamas’ October 7, 2023 against Israel by launching a punitive military campaign on Gaza that resulted in the deaths of at least 30,000 Palestinians, the bulk being women and children.

Since the middle of January, the US and UK have been carrying out an aerial campaign against Yemen as a response to Yemeni naval operations. The Yemenis have responded in kind by broadening their attacks against American and British vessels. 

This war will ultimately not end until the US gets its paws out of Yemen, and the broader Middle East, for that matter. At some point, US policymakers will have to recognize that the US empire is overstretched and will need to retrench its ambitions. 

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