A US destroyer has shot down Iranian missiles and drones which were fired from Yemen by the Houthi rebel group who support Hamas and the Palestinians.
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) which is in the Red Sea shot down the missiles and Pentagon officials have said they believe that Israel was the target.
Pentagon spokesman Brigadier General Pat Ryder, said three “land-attack cruise missiles and several drones” were intercepted by the US Destroyer.
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In a briefing on Tuesday, Ryder said, “We continue to stay in close contact with our Israeli partners on their defense needs and remain committed to the security of Israel.
“We also continue to underscore the importance of safeguarding innocent civilians in this conflict, both Palestinian and Israeli and insuring the delivery of humanitarian aid to those in need.
“Since that Hamas terrorist attack we’ve also been crystal clear that we do not want to see the situation in Israel widen into a broader regional conflict.
“And as you’ve heard President Biden, Secretary Austin and other senior US leaders say, our message to any country or group thinking about trying to take advantage of this situation to widen the conflict is don’t.”
He added, “We’ve already deployed a significant number of additional US military capabilities into the region to bolster our regional deterrence efforts, strengthen our capabilities there and enhance our ability to respond to a range of contingencies.
“In addition to the capabilities that we’ve already announced, I can also confirm that the New Jersey Air National Guard’s 119th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron arrived within US Central Command’s area of responsibility today with additional F-16 fighting Falcon Squadron bolstering US posture to deter further aggression in the region.”