A drone boat filled with explosives exploded in the Red Sea.
The US Navy says the ship is owned by Houthi rebels, and no damage or injuries have been reported since the explosion.
The Houthis, who control a large part of… Yemen And go with IranIt has launched multiple attacks on commercial ships in the Red Sea since November.
The group says that the attacks come in protest against Israeli military operations in Gaza.
As a result, international shipping services have been severely disrupted, with many companies suspension of journeys Cross the Red Sea and take a long detour around Africa.
Vice Admiral Brad Cooper, who commands US naval forces in the Middle East, said the latest explosion occurred in dense shipping lanes.
“It came within two miles of ships operating in the area – commercial ships and US Navy ships – and we all watched it explode,” he told reporters.
The attack occurred a day after 12 countries – including the United States and the United Kingdom – warned the Houthis of “consequences” unless they stop targeting commercial ships.
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Vice Admiral Cooper warned that “there is no sign of their irresponsible behavior abating.”
US President Joe Biden is under increasing pressure to respond militarily, something his administration has hesitated to do in the event that tensions in the region escalate further.
Although the Houthis claimed that their attacks specifically targeted ships that had ties to Israel or were traveling there, many of the ships had no connection to Israel at all.
There are fears that the unrest will worsen the cost of living crisis here in the UK, affecting everything from energy bills to prices of consumer goods.
Ships use the route through the Red Sea to reach Egypt's Suez Canal – a major shortcut linking the Mediterranean to Asia without having to travel around Africa – to transport natural gas, electricity, food and drinks.
Ships are now forced to travel south to the Cape of Good Hope and then north again around the Horn of Africa, adding 10 days and 3,500 nautical miles to the journeys.