US military forces shot down a drone early Saturday over the Red Sea in international waters near several commercial vessels, the Pentagon said, allmarinenews informs referring to The Times of Israel.
The incident came days after a 12-nation group led by the US warned Houthi rebels in Yemen against continuing their attacks on Red Sea shipping.
The US Central Command said in a social media post Saturday that “an unmanned aerial vehicle launched from Iranian-backed Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen was shot down in self-defense” by the USS Laboon, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer.
It said no one was hurt.
The incident occurred in the southern Red Sea “in the vicinity of multiple commercial vessels,” it said.
The Laboon, part of a carrier strike group deployed to the region shortly after the Israel-Hamas war broke out, previously downed drones believed fired by the Houthi rebels.