An American warship patrolling the Red Sea on Thursday (November 23) intercepted explosive drones launched from a region of Yemen controlled by Houthi rebels, the American military command in the Middle East (Centcom) announced.

“On the morning of November 23, the USS Thomas Hudner fired and destroyed numerous attack drones launched from the Houthi-controlled region of Yemen,” Centcom reported on the social network the warship was patrolling the Red Sea. The ship and its crew suffered no damage or injuries,” he added.

The war between Hamas and Israel, triggered by the attack of the Palestinian Islamist movement on Israeli soil on October 7, raises fears of a regional escalation between Israel and its allies on the one hand and the axis formed by the Iranian-backed groups including Hamas, Hezbollah and the Houthis.

“We will continue to carry out military operations.”

On Wednesday, Israel said it had intercepted a “cruise missile” advancing toward the south of the country, a strike claimed by Houthi rebels in Yemen. “Our forces launched missiles at various military targets of the Israeli entity,” wrote the spokesperson for the Houthi military wing, Yahia Saree, on X. “We will continue to carry out military operations until Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people in Gaza and the West Bank stops,” he added.

On Sunday, the Houthis claimed to have seized a commercial ship, the Galaxy Leader, owned by an Israeli businessman, in the Red Sea in retaliation for “aggression” against Gaza.

In recent weeks, Houthi rebels have launched several drones and missiles towards Israeli territory.