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US Navy intercepts drone fired from Yemen amid Gaza war

The Biden administration's restrained approach to deterrence hasn't fully halted attacks by Iran-backed militias across the Middle East in response to Israel's war in Gaza.
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WASHINGTON – A US Navy destroyer in the Red Sea on Tuesday shot down a drone fired from Yemen as regional hostilities continue to flare over Israel’s war in the Gaza Strip, a US defense official confirmed to Al-Monitor.

The USS Thomas Hudner was operating in international waters in the Red Sea when its crew “engaged a drone that originated from Yemen and was heading in the direction of the ship,” the official told Al-Monitor.

The crew of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer “engaged and shot down the drone to ensure the safety of US personnel,” the official said, adding, “There were no US casualties or any damage to the ship.” 

The drone was not targeting the USS Hudner, Pentagon spokesperson Sabrina Singh told reporters Thursday, adding that the Hudner’s crew took action because the drone came close to the ship.

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