Vessel on fire after Houthi attack (archive)
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Yemen's Houthi rebels said on Wednesday they targeted four vessels, including what they described as a US warship, with drones and naval missiles in the Gulf of Aden, Reuters reported.

The Iran-aligned group attacked "MSC Darwin ship, MSC GINA, MV Yorktown" along with the U.S. destroyer, the group's military spokesman Yahya Sarea said in a televised speech.

The claim was made a day after the US military said on Tuesday that it had destroyed an inbound anti-ship ballistic missile over the Gulf of Aden that was launched by Houthis and likely targeting the MV Yorktown.

There were no injuries or damage reported to US, coalition or commercial ships in the incident, the US Central Command added.

On Wednesday, CENTCOM said its forces successfully engaged three unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) launched from Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen.

“Two UAVs were launched over the Gulf of Aden and one UAV was launched over the Red Sea. There were no injuries or damage reported by US, coalition, or commercial ships,” it said.

Later, US forces successfully engaged and destroyed eight UAVs in Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen in self-defense.

On Sunday, the Houthis claimed they had targeted a British ship and a number of US frigates in the Red Sea, and two Israeli vessels heading to Israeli ports in the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean.

The Houthis have upped their attacks on vessels in the Red Sea since the start of Israel’s war against Hamas in Gaza as a show of support for Palestinian Arabs.

In the wake of the uptick in Houthi attacks, the US formed a coalition, made up of more than 20 countries, aimed at safeguarding commercial traffic in the Red Sea from attacks by the Houthis.

In mid-January, with support from other countries, the US and Britain targeted just under 30 Houthi locations with 150 different weapons. The two countries have continued to strike Houthi targets since.

The Houthis have been unfazed by the strikes, saying that the campaign against the "Zionist enemy" will continue and that the attacks against the American and British ships will not stop.