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Yemen’s Houthis damage oil tanker, shoot down US drone – Prime Time News24



Yemen’s Houthis have broken an oil tanker and downed one other MQ-9 Reaper drone of the USA as they promise extra assaults in opposition to Israel’s struggle on Gaza.

The group’s navy spokesman, Yahya Saree, stated in his newest televised video tackle early on Saturday that “British oil ship Andromeda Star” was focused within the Purple Sea with naval missiles and was immediately hit.

The US navy confirmed that the group fired three antiship ballistic missiles into the Purple Sea at a number of targets and broken MV Andromeda Star. The vessel was just lately bought to an organization registered within the Seychelles.

“MV Andromeda Star studies minor injury, however is constant its voyage,” the US Central Command (CENTCOM) stated in a publish on X, including there have been no accidents or injury reported by the maritime navy coalition led by the US that’s deployed within the space to counter assaults from Yemen.

The Houthi navy spokesman additionally stated its air defence forces in Yemen additionally shot down an MQ-9 Reaper assault drone of the US navy with a missile within the airspace of the Saada governorate “whereas it was finishing up hostile missions”.

The US navy didn’t touch upon the drone, however US broadcaster Prime Time News24 confirmed that an MQ-9, which prices about $30m, “crashed” inside Yemen early on Friday and stated an investigation is below means.

That is the third US assault drone shot down by the Houthis because the begin of the struggle on Gaza, with the primary introduced down in November, adopted by one other in February.

The Yemeni group made no feedback about additional assaults on vessels in its close by waterways, however the US navy stated the anti-ship missiles fired by the Houthis additionally focused MV MAISHA, an Antigua/Barbados-flagged, Liberia-operated vessel. It reported no injury.

The UK Maritime Commerce Operations (UKMTO) additionally confirmed two assaults on a vessel – which seems to be MV Andromeda Star – some 14 nautical miles (26km) southwest of al-Mukha (Mocha) in Yemen.

It stated a primary explosion occurred “in shut proximity” to the vessel and a second assault, consisting of what’s believed to be two missiles, broken the vessel.

The Houthi navy had reported concentrating on “Israeli ship MSC Darwin” within the Gulf of Aden on Friday, including that it launched quite a few missiles and drones at targets within the southern Israeli port metropolis of Eilat.

On Thursday, the group had launched an assault on the US-flagged, owned and operated Maersk Yorktown, together with Israeli-linked ship MSC Veracruz, with US and UK warships defending.

The reinvigorated navy exercise by the Yemeni group comes after weeks of a relative lull when the variety of assaults had dropped.

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