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    Yemen’s Houthis Launch Their Largest Red Sea Drone and Missile Attack, Though No Damage Is Reported

    Yemen's Houthis Launch Their Largest Red Sea Drone and Missile Attack, Though No Damage Is Reported

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Yemen's Houthi rebels fired their largest-ever barrage of drones and missiles targeting shipping in the Red Sea, forcing the United States and British navies to shoot down the projectiles in a major naval engagement, authorities said Wednesday. No damage was immediately reported.

    The attack by the Iranian-backed Houthis came despite a planned United Security Council vote later Wednesday to potentially condemn and demand an immediate halt to the attacks by the rebels, who say their assaults are aimed at stopping 's war on Hamas in the Strip.

    However, their targets increasingly have little — or no — connection to Israel and imperil a crucial trade route linking Asia and the Middle East with Europe. That raises the risk of a U.S. retaliatory strike on Yemen that could upend an uneasy cease-fire that has held in the Arab world's poorest country.

    The assault happened off the Yemeni port cities of Hodeida and Mokha, according to the private intelligence firm Ambrey. In the Hodeida attack, Ambrey said ships described over radio seeing missiles and drones, with U.S.-allied warships in the area urging “vessels to proceed at maximum speed.”

    Off Mokha, ships saw missiles fired, a drone in the air and small vessels trailing them, Ambrey said early Wednesday. The British 's United Kingdom Marine Trade Operations also acknowledged the attack off Hodeida.

    The U.S….

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