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    Ship Attacks and Downing US Drones. Yemen’s Houthis Still Put Up a Fight Despite US-Led Airstrikes

    Ship Attacks and Downing US Drones. Yemen's Houthis Still Put Up a Fight Despite US-Led Airstrikes

    , United Arab Emirates — Despite a month of U.S.-led airstrikes, Yemen's -backed Houthi rebels remain capable of launching significant attacks — just this week, they seriously damaged a ship in a crucial strait and apparently downed an American drone worth tens of millions of dollars.

    The continued assaults by the Houthis on shipping through the crucial Red Sea corridor — the Bab el-Mandeb Strait — against the backdrop of 's war on Hamas in the Gaza Strip underscore the challenges in trying to stop the guerrilla-style attacks that have seen them hold onto Yemen's capital and much of the war-ravaged country's north since 2014.

    Meanwhile, the campaign has boosted the rebels' standing in the Arab world, despite their own human rights abuses in a yearslong stalemated war with several of America's allies in the region. And the longer their attacks go on, analysts warn the greater the risk that disruptions to international shipping will begin to weigh down on the global economy.

    On Monday, both the Houthis and Western officials acknowledged one of the most-serious attacks on shipping launched by the rebels. The Houthis targeted the Belize-flagged bulk carrier Rubymar with two anti-ship ballistic missiles, one of which struck the vessel, the U.S. 's Central Command said.

    The Rubymar, which already had reported problems with its propulsion back in November, apparently became inoperable, forcing her crew to…

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