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This Image Does Not Show A U.S. Ship Attacked By Yemen’s Houthi Rebels

Ahmed Sabry Ahmed Sabry
17th June 2024
This Image Does Not Show A U.S. Ship Attacked By Yemen’s Houthi Rebels
The video shows Chinese navy warship (X)

The Claim

Yemen Has Targeted an American destroyer in the Red Sea!!!

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Recently, social media users have been circulating a video claiming to show a Yemeni attack on a U.S. warship in the Red Sea, with the image showing the ship in flames.

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigated the circulating video and found the claim to be misleading.

The Video Shows Chinese Navy Warship 

Misbar's team found that the video, which dates back to November 2023, depicts dark smoke rising from the deck of a Chinese navy warship operating off the coast of China. It was posted on X account and shows a PLAN Type 071 landing ship billowing black smoke from various parts of the vessel.

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The Type 071 ship is a class of Chinese amphibious transport ships serving in the People's Liberation Army Navy. These ships have high capabilities and flexibility in transporting marine infantry, vehicles, helicopters, and landing craft to the shore.

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Yemen’s Houthi rebels launched two missiles at a cargo ship in the Gulf of Aden, resulting in the injury of one crew member aboard the M/V Verbena. The vessel, registered in Palau and operated by Poland, sustained damage and onboard fires during the attack. The rebels cited their actions as a show of solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, where thousands have lost their lives. The U.S. Central Command confirmed the incident and the crew member's severe injuries.

Following this attack, the Houthis claimed responsibility for targeting two additional ships in the Red Sea. The U.S. Central Command reported that two ballistic missiles fired in the Red Sea by the rebels caused no injuries or significant damage. This series of aggressive actions by the Iran-backed group adds to the escalating tensions in the region.

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Intensifying Sea Battle Between U.S. and Houthi Rebels Amid Gaza War

The U.S.-led campaign against the Houthi rebels, overshadowed by the Israel war in Gaza, has become the most intense sea battle for the Navy since World War II, as reported by officials and experts to The Associated Press.

The escalating combat centers on the Navy's mission to ensure open international waterways against the Houthi rebels, who have expanded their arsenal significantly from rifles and trucks to drones and missiles. Since November, the rebels have targeted over 50 vessels, impacting shipping activities in the Red Sea corridor leading to the Suez Canal. The Houthis claim their attacks aim to stop the Gaza conflict, while also consolidating their position in Yemen. The situation indicates a looming escalation, posing increased risks to U.S. sailors, allies, and commercial ships in the area.

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