The USS Carney, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, intercepted three missiles launched from Yemen by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels. These missiles were heading northward in the direction of the Red Sea, raising concerns over potential targets in Israel. The US officials acted promptly, considering the flight profile of the missiles as a potential threat.
Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder, the Pentagon press secretary, confirmed the interception of three land attack cruise missiles and multiple drones by the US Navy. While he emphasized the uncertainty regarding the exact targets of these missiles, he pointed out their potential trajectory towards Israel. The Pentagon remains committed to safeguarding its interests and allies in this critical region, with Ryder assuring that necessary measures would be taken to protect partners and regional interests.
Anonymous sources from Israel’s Channel 13 news have suggested that Israel could indeed have been the target of these missiles. Further reports from Israeli officials to various news outlets have echoed the same sentiment, citing the missiles’ direction towards the Jewish state. The tensions have been on the rise, with Houthi rebels previously expressing their support for Palestinians and issuing threats against Israel. This follows a backdrop of the Israel-Hamas conflict and the accompanying threats from Iran towards Israel.
Iran and Regional Dynamics
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader, has recently warned of mounting impatience among Muslims and resistance forces, hinting at the potential for expanded aggression if Israel’s actions continue. Iran’s President, Ebrahim Raisi, emphasized the urgency of finding a political resolution to the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict, highlighting concerns about the potential spread of war to other fronts.
Meanwhile, in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, under Houthi control, public demonstrations have showcased both Yemeni and Palestinian flags. The long-standing slogan of the rebels, underlining their stance against America and Israel, was prominently displayed. The Houthi leadership has also cautioned the US against any intervention in the Gaza conflict.
Israel has been engaged in a rigorous airstrike campaign since early October, following a significant breach of its border fence by terrorists, resulting in the tragic loss of numerous civilian lives. Israel’s primary objective remains the destruction of Hamas’s infrastructure, aiming to neutralize the terror group entirely. The situation in Gaza has been dire, with health officials reporting a considerable number of casualties due to Israeli bombings.
While the exact intentions behind the missiles launched from Yemen remain speculative, the situation underscores the heightened tensions in the region. The US continues to be vigilant, with the Pentagon reporting on other attacks against its troops in Iraq and Syria, emphasizing the need for regional stability.