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The Video Of Fire On USS Bonhomme Richard Warship Is Not Recent

Ahmed Sabry Ahmed Sabry
20th January 2024
The Video Of Fire On USS Bonhomme Richard Warship Is Not Recent
The video is unrelated to the recent Houthi attacks (X)

The Claim

A video depicts the USS Bonhomme Richard warship targeted by the Houthis in the Red Sea.

Emerging story

Recently, accounts and pages on the social media platform X have been circulating a video claiming to depict the USS Bonhomme Richard warship targeted by the Houthis in the Red Sea.

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Misbar’s Analysis

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

The Video Is Unrelated to the Recent Houthi Attacks 

Misbar's team found that the video dates back to July 2020.

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According to USA TODAY, the USS Bonhomme Richard, caught fire on Sunday at Naval Base San Diego. The incident resulted in an on-board explosion, causing injuries to 21 people and generating dark smoke that filled the sky.

A statement from Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet confirmed that the entire crew of the 840-foot vessel has been safely evacuated. Seventeen sailors and four civilians were transported to local hospitals, and as stated by Rear Admiral Philip Sobeck in a press conference on Sunday night, all individuals were in stable condition.

Houthi Forces Launch New Missile Attack on U.S-Owned Vessel as Strikes Fail to Deter Campaign

These claims spread after Houthi forces carried out another missile attack on a U.S-owned vessel on Thursday, following President Joe Biden's acknowledgment that American strikes have not succeeded in deterring the militants' campaign in the Red Sea.

According to the Pentagon, no damage or injuries were reported after the Houthis fired two missiles at the MV Chem Ranger. This attack occurred after the United States conducted a fifth round of strikes in Yemen earlier that same day.

The White House stated that U.S. forces had successfully neutralized a range of Houthi missiles intended for the Red Sea. When asked about the effectiveness of the attacks on Houthi targets, President Biden responded that they were not halting the Houthis and that their campaign would continue.

U.S. Central Command, responsible for overseeing American operations in the Middle East, confirmed in a statement that strikes were carried out on two Houthi anti-ship missiles prepared for launch into the Southern Red Sea on Thursday.

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