A missile is launched from a warship during the U.S.-led coalition operation against Yemen’s Houthi rebels. (U.S. Central Command)

The U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) has confirmed a self-defense strike against Houthi forces, targeting four anti-ship cruise missiles in Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen. The strike, conducted to safeguard U.S. Navy ships and merchant vessels in the Red Sea, was deemed necessary due to the identified imminent threat.

Earlier joint strikes against Iranian-backed Houthi militants involved the U.S., the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Bahrain, the Netherlands, and New Zealand. The video released by CENTCOM displayed rockets launching from the USS Carney, USS Gravely, and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin clarified that these counter-strikes aim to “degrade the capabilities” of the Houthis, who have consistently targeted commercial vessels in the Red Sea since the Israel-Hamas conflict in the fall.

Austin stated, “This collective action sends a clear message to the Houthis that they will continue to bear further consequences if they do not end their illegal attacks on international shipping and naval vessels.”