The US destroyed seven radars in Houthi-controlled territory

Houthi military police at an anti-US demonstration in Sana'a - EPA photo, Yahya Akhrab

The US Army's Central Command (CENTCOM) announced today that seven radars were destroyed in the territory controlled by the Houthi militant group in Yemen, as well as one drone and two naval kamikaze drones in the Red Sea.

- These radars allow the Houthis to target naval vessels and threaten merchant ships, CENTCOM said in a statement.

It added that the Houthi militant group "targets and threatens the lives" of citizens of countries unrelated to the Gaza conflict, although it claims it is acting on behalf of the Palestinians.

"The threat to international trade posed by the Houthis is actually making it more difficult to provide much-needed aid to the people of Yemen as well as Gaza," the statement said.

A Filipino sailor from the Liberian ship Tutor remains missing after the ship was attacked by a naval kamikaze drone on Wednesday, causing a fire, the US military said.

It is added that the crew of the cargo ship "M/V Verbena" was rescued yesterday, which the Houthis hit with two missiles on Thursday in the Gulf of Aden.

Attacks by the Houthi militant group in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden began last November and disrupted global trade, and the group said it was carrying out the attacks in solidarity with Palestinians in the war with Israel in the Gaza Strip.

Many major shipping companies are avoiding the Red Sea because of Houthi attacks and sending ships sailing between Asia and Europe on a much longer route around southern Africa, which has driven up shipping costs.

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