Houthis say missiles targeted US aircraft carrier

According to the group’s spokesman, the attack was a response to US and UK strikes on Yemen

Yemen’s Houthis launched a missile attack on the US aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower in the Red Sea on Friday, according to a statement made on X (former Twitter) by the group’s spokesman, Yahya Saree.

Saree asserted that the attack came in retaliation to US and UK strikes on the Yemeni provinces of Sanaa, Hodeidah, and Taiz. These strikes allegedly targeted civilian infrastructure, resulting in the deaths of 16 people and injuries to over 40.

Multiple missiles struck the building of a Hodeidah radio station, as well as areas near Al-Thawra Hospital and a Coast Guard headquarters in Port Al-Salib, where some commercial ships were damaged. “This represents deliberate targeting of civilian objects, a flagrant violation of all international laws, and a full-fledged war crime. Consequently, in response to these crimes and the American-British aggression… the Yemeni armed forces carried out a joint military operation targeting the American aircraft carrier Eisenhower in the Red Sea,” Saree stated in his statement.

He claimed that the strike on the US aircraft carrier “was accurate and direct,” but omitted details about the damage the vessel sustained.

The US Navy has yet to release any statements regarding the purported attack on its ship.