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Houthi forces helicopter approaching the cargo ship Galaxy Leader

US, UK Forces Down 15 Drones over Red Sea as Houthis Vow to Keep up Attacks on Israel

A senior Houthi official has vowed that the Yemeni rebels will continue operations against Israel, as repeated attacks by the Iran-backed group have disrupted international shipping through a key Red Sea waterway.

“The Houthis will not abandon the Palestinian cause, regardless of any US, Israeli, or Western threats,” Houthi politburo member Ali al-Qahoum said in an Arab channel according to British media, while warning any hostile move against Yemen would have dire consequences.

Houthis said they fired a barrage of drones Saturday, December 16, toward the port city of Eilat in southern Israel. US Navy forces said they shot down 14 drones over the Red Sea Saturday morning. Egypt’s state-run media also reported that Egyptian air defense had shot down a “flying object” off the Egyptian resort town of Dahab.

A British destroyer also brought down a suspected attack drone in the Red Sea, UK Defense Minister Grant Shapps said. The overnight action was the first time the Royal Navy has shot down an aerial target in conflict since the 1991 Gulf War.

Shapps said attacks on commercial ships in the global trade artery by Yemen’s Houthi rebels “represent a direct threat to international commerce and maritime security.” “The UK remains committed to repelling these attacks to protect the free flow of global trade,” he said in a statement. (TOI / VFI News)

“Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.” - Psalm 27:4