An American warship and multiple commercial vessels were attacked in the Red Sea on Sunday, the Pentagon said, in what may mark a major escalation of military activity in the Middle East related to the Israel-Hamas conflict.
“We’re aware of reports regarding attacks on the USS Carney and commercial vessels in the Red Sea and will provide information as it becomes available,” the Pentagon said, according to The Associated Press.
The British military said earlier in the day that a suspected drone attack and explosions occurred in the Red Sea, but it did not provide further details.
The Pentagon did not identify a source of the attacks in the Red Sea, but Yemen’s Houthi rebels have launched several recent attacks on ships in the region.
The USS Carney has shot down multiple missiles and drones launched from Yemen since Oct. 7, when terrorists from the Gaza Strip invaded Israel and killed about 1,200 people and took 240 others captive.
The Iran-backed group, which the Biden administration delisted as terrorists, has also ramped up attacks on Israel since Oct. 7.
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