EAST CONFLICT LIVE UPDATES:
Iran-backed Houthi militants in Yemen launched six ballistic missiles at two cargo ships in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, resulting in minor damage to one vessel. The Greek-owned bulk carrier was struck by three projectiles, while a British-owned cargo ship was targeted earlier in the day.
USS Laboon’s Intercept
The USS Laboon, operating near the Greek ship, intercepted and shot down a third anti-ship ballistic missile fired by the Houthis, as confirmed by the US Central Command.
Damage and Response
The Greek-owned Star Nasia reported damage from an explosion at 11:15 am GMT. The incident occurred just two days after the US and the UK conducted joint airstrikes on Houthi bases in Yemen.
Clarification on Airstrikes
The US has clarified its previous claims regarding airstrikes in Iraq, stating that there was no pre-notification to the Iraqi government. Vedant Patel, the state department spokesperson, noted that the Iraqi government was notified immediately after the strikes occurred.
Retaliatory Strikes and Casualties
The US retaliatory strikes targeted over 85 locations in Iraq and Syria, resulting in at least 39 casualties. The situation remains tense as regional dynamics continue to evolve. Stay tuned for further updates on the situation in the Middle East.