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Yemen's Houthis state they assault three ships, two United States destroyers

Yemen's Iranbacked Houthis said on Monday they launched attacks on 3 ships in the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea, and two U.S. destroyers in the Red Sea.

The group, which explains its attacks as acts of solidarity with Palestinians in Israel's war in Gaza, stated the ships were the Larego Desert and the MSC Mechela in the Indian Ocean, and the Minerva Lisa in the Red Sea. It did not call the destroyers.

There was no immediate verification from shipping companies or the U.S. armed force of any attacks in those locations

The Houthis' military spokesperson, Yahya Saree, did not specify when the attacks occurred, but said in a telecasted speech the group had utilized missiles against the ships and drones against the U.S. destroyers.

The group has launched duplicated drone and missile strikes in the Red Sea region since November, later on broadening to the Indian Ocean. It has said it will attack any ships cruising towards Israeli ports, even in the Mediterranean Sea.

Its attacks have actually forced carriers to re-route freight to longer and more costly journeys around southern Africa and stired fears of the Israel-Hamas war dispersing and destabilising the Middle East.

The United States and Britain have actually carried out strikes versus Houthi targets in retaliation for their attacks on vessels.