US Successfully Intercepts Anti-Ship Cruise Missile Launched from Houthi-Controlled Territory

US fighter aircraft made a midair interception of an anti-ship cruise missile fired from Houthi terrorist areas of Yemen toward a US destroyer in the Southern Red Sea. The US military stated on Sunday that the interception is the latest incident in the Red Sea where the Houthis have been attacking international shipping. These attacks are in support of Palestinians who are facing Israeli forces in Gaza. After American and British airstrikes on Houthi targets in Yemen, the Iranian-backed militia has responded with threats of a “strong” retaliation. According to the US Central Command (CENTCOM), there were no injuries or damage reported in the most recent incident. The missile was shot down near Yemen’s port city of Hodeidah. Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdulsalam described the activity by “enemy” aircraft as a blatant violation of national sovereignty. The Red Sea crisis has caused concerns about a wider conflict in the Middle East beyond Gaza. This includes Israel’s campaign against the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas and the support of the Houthis by Tehran. Pro-Palestinian activists protested at the gates of RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus, condemning the use of the British base as a launch pad for strikes against the Houthis.