Seven anti-surface cruise missiles, a Mobile Anti-Surface Ballistic Missile Launcher (ASBMs) and a drone were destroyed in areas controlled by Yemen’s Houthi rebels during four raids carried out on Wednesday in “legitimate defense”, the armed forces’ joint command said. of US forces responsible for the Middle East region (CENTCOM, “Central Command”).

CENTCOM clarified via X (the former Twitter) that the raids took place from 12:00 to 18:45 (Sanaa time; 11:00 to 17:45 Greece time) and added that the Houthi weapons systems posed a “direct threat for US merchant and naval vessels in the Red Sea area.

Since November, the Iran-backed Houthis have been targeting ships in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden that they say are linked to Israel, in a show of “solidarity” with Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip, where war has been raging between the Israeli army and the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas since October 7.

The attacks have forced major shipping companies to suspend their ships passing through the strategically important region, through which about 12% of world trade passes.