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Yemen targets 6 vessels amid escalating anti-Israel campaign

This file photo shows Yemeni forces parading their military assets along a poster of Ansarullah leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi in the capital Sana'a.

Yemen's Armed Forces have targeted six ships in waters near the country as well as the Mediterranean Sea as part of their operations against Israel and its backers the United States and Britain.

In a statement, spokesman Yahya Saree said they hit three ships in the Red Sea, namely LAAX, MOREA, and Sealady.

The spokesman said the operations were carried out using naval and ballistic missiles and drones.

They also staged missile and drone attacks on the American ships ALBA and Maersk Hartford in the Arabian Sea, according to Saree.

The sixth operation hit the ship MINERVA ANTONIA in the Mediterranean Sea with several winged missiles.

"All the aforementioned ships were targeted for violating the ban on visiting the ports of occupied Palestine," he said.

The Yemeni spokesman said they would target all the Israeli-linked ships in the declared area of operations, regardless of their destination.

US military MQ-9 Reaper drone downed

In another statement, Saree said that Yemeni armed forces shot down another US military MQ-9 Reaper drone with domestic missiles in the east of Ma'rib province.

Images published online also showed the MQ-9 on its belly in the desert, its tail assembly disconnected from the rest of the drone's body.

Since October last year, the Yemeni armed forces have been launching attacks on ships linked to Israel or en route to the Israeli-occupied territories in the Red or Arabian seas in solidarity with the Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip.

The Arab country expanded its operations early this month in what was described as the fourth phase of anti-Israel operations.

The fourth phase is intended to impose a total naval blockade on the Israeli regime, with the Yemeni forces attacking any ship arriving at the regime's ports in the Red Sea or the Mediterranean Sea.

Yemen says its operations won't stop unless the regime halts its brutal aggression against Rafah and other parts of the Gaza Strip.

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