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    US strikes down Houthi anti-ship ballistic missiles and Iranian-made drones in the Gulf of Aden.

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    Somali Magazine – According to US Central Command (CENTCOM), the USS Carney shot down an anti-ship ballistic missile and three Iranian-made drones fired by Yemen’s Houthi militia at the Gulf of Aden on Wednesday.

    “On Jan. 31, at approximately 8:30 p.m. (Sana time), Iranian-backed Houthi militants fired one anti-ship ballistic missile from Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen towards the Gulf of Aden,” CENTCOM said in a statement.

    The missile was shot down by the USS Carney (DDG 64), the report said.

    “At 9.10 p.m., the USS Carney engaged and shot down three Iranian UAVs in its vicinity,” the statement read, adding that no injuries or damage were reported.

    The Houthis have targeted vessels in the southern Red Sea, threatening to strike all Israel-bound ships. It stated that the strikes are to help Palestinians as they fight Israel’s “aggression and siege” of Gaza.

    The Red marine is one of the world’s most popular marine routes for oil and petroleum supplies.

    US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin has announced the formation of a multinational mission, Operation Prosperity Guardian, to fight Houthi attacks.

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