‘Likely Targeting Israel’: US Says It Intercepted Houthi Missiles, Drones

Quds missile fired by Houthis from an unspecified location in Yemen (Photo: AJA, file)

The Pentagon has announced that the destroyer “USS Carney” shot down on Thursday three missiles and a number of drones launched by the Houthi movement from Yemen.

Pentagon spokesman Patrick Ryder said in a press conference that it was not possible to determine with certainty the target of the missiles but noted that they were likely aimed at targets in Israel.

Israel’s Channel 13 reported that Israel’s own military assessments indicate that the Houthi rockets were heading for Israel.

Regional Escalation

The Pentagon spokesman also said that measures will be taken to protect US forces after attacks on US soldiers in Iraq and Syria.

Patrick Ryder stressed that his country has the ability to defend its interests in the region and deter any regional escalation or expansion of the conflict resulting from the war in Gaza.

Ryder noted that a US base in Syria was targeted by a drone that was allegedly destroyed, causing ‘minor’ casualties among US-led coalition soldiers.

He also said that US forces yesterday repelled three drones targeting coalition forces at Ain al-Assad base in Anbar Province in Western Iraq.

Washington was still working to determine who was responsible for the recent attacks on US forces in Syria and Iraq, the spokesmen said.


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