Houthi Launch Missiles and Drones into Red Sea

The US Central Command (CENTCOM) reported that Yemen’s Houthi group launched a series of anti-ship ballistic missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles into the Red Sea on April 29. According to CENTCOM, between 10:00 a.m. and 5:20 p.m. Sanaa time, three missiles and three drones were directed towards the MV Cyclades, a Malta-flagged, Greece-owned commercial vessel. Fortunately, there were no injuries reported, and the vessel continued its journey unimpeded.

In a related defense action, CENTCOM forces successfully intercepted and destroyed a Houthi-launched drone that was on a trajectory towards the USS Philippine Sea and USS Laboon, also in the Red Sea, confirming that the unmanned aerial vehicle posed an imminent threat to U.S., coalition, and merchant ships in the area.

The Houthi group has been actively targeting cargo ships in the Red Sea, particularly those owned or operated by Israeli companies or involved in transporting goods to and from Israel, in response to the ongoing conflict in Gaza. The Red Sea remains a critical global route for oil and fuel transport.

In response to these escalating threats, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced the initiation of Operation Prosperity Guardian, a multinational mission aimed at countering Houthi attacks and ensuring the safety of maritime traffic in the region.–News Desk