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Escalation in the Red Sea: Houthi Attacks Raise Fears of Regional Conflict; US Responds Defensively

In a recent development, Iranian-backed Houthi rebels have intensified attacks in the Red Sea, citing revenge against Israel’s military campaign in Gaza. Fears are growing that these attacks could escalate the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas into a broader regional war. On Sunday, the United States responded decisively to Houthi aggression by sinking three boats and eliminating those on board, marking the first instance of the U.S. taking such action since tensions escalated earlier this year. The U.S. clarified that it harbors no desire for a broader war but emphasized its commitment to acting in self-defense. The incident occurred as U.S. helicopters responded to a distress call from a merchant ship that the Houthis had fired upon and attempted to board. The rebels subsequently turned their weapons on the U.S. aircraft, according to statements from U.S. Central Command.

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