US Warship And Commercial Ships Attacked In Red Sea

On Sunday, the Pentagon reported an attack on an American warship and several commercial ships in the Red Sea. Yemen’s Houthi rebels subsequently claimed responsibility for attacks on two ships, reportedly associated with Israel, but did not acknowledge targeting a U.S. Navy vessel.

The assault could signify a significant escalation in a series of maritime attacks in the Middle East connected to the Israel-Hamas conflict.

The Pentagon released a statement saying, “We’re aware of reports regarding attacks on the USS Carney and commercial vessels in the Red Sea and will provide information as it becomes available.”

The Carney belongs to the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. It remains uncertain what damage, if any, the vessels sustained during the attacks.

Earlier, the British military reported a suspected drone attack and explosions in the Red Sea without providing further details.

The Pentagon did not specify the source of the perceived fire. Nonetheless, Houthi military spokesperson Brig. Gen. Yahya Saree asserted responsibility for the attacks. He claimed that the first vessel was struck by a missile and the second by a drone, both incidents occurring in the Bab el-Mandeb Strait connecting the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden.

Saree alleged that the ships disregarded warnings from Houthi officials before the attack. He made no reference to any U.S. warship being implicated in the assault.

Saree specified that the initial vessel targeted was the Bahamas-flagged bulk carrier Unity Explorer. It is owned by a British company that includes Dan David Ungar, a resident of Israel, among its officers.

The second vessel was identified as the Panamanian-flagged container ship Number 9, associated with Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement. Managers for both vessels could not be reached immediately for comment.

Israeli media recognized Ungar as the son of Israeli shipping magnate Abraham “Rami” Ungar.

The Houthis have initiated a sequence of assaults on vessels in the Red Sea, concurrently deploying drones and missiles aimed at Israel during the ongoing conflict.

An unnamed U.S. official, discussing intelligence matters under the condition of anonymity, stated that the assault commenced around 10 a.m. in Sanaa, Yemen, and persisted for up to five hours.

Another U.S. official, also requesting anonymity, mentioned that the Carney had intercepted at least one drone during the attack.