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HMS Diamond in the Red Sea. Handout via REUTERS

A view of the HMS Diamond, from the ship's bridge, firing her Sea Viper missiles at an incoming Houthi drone, in the Red Sea, January 27, 2024. LPhot Chris Sellars/UK Ministry of Defence/Handout via REUTERS

UK Says Warship Repelled Houthi Drone Attack In Red Sea

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January 28, 2024
Reuters

LONDON, Jan 28 (Reuters) – A British warship, the HMS Diamond, repelled a drone attack on Saturday from Yemen’s Houthi group in the Red Sea, British officials said.

“Deploying her Sea Viper missile system, Diamond destroyed a drone targeting her with no injuries or damage sustained to Diamond or her crew,” the Ministry of Defence said in a statement on Sunday.

“These intolerable and illegal attacks are completely unacceptable and it is our duty to protect the freedom of navigation in the Red Sea.”

The Iran-aligned Houthi movement began launching waves of exploding drones and missiles at vessels on Nov. 19 in response to Israel’s military operations in Gaza. On Friday, a tanker vessel was attacked, sparking a fire on board.

Related Article: Allied Warships Trickle Into Red Sea Coalition

U.S. and British warplanes, ships and submarines have responded to the Houthi attacks onshipping with dozens of retaliatory strikes across Yemen against Houthi forces.

(Reporting by Michael HoldenEditing by Frances Kerry)

 (c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2024.

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