The US and UK have hinted they could take military action against Yemen’s Houthi rebels, after they repelled the largest attack yet on Red Sea shipping.

The Houthi rebels launched 21 drones and missiles in the Red Sea, targeting a US ship providing support to Israel. The attack was the 26th on commercial shipping in the Red Sea since November 19th. The US military reported Iranian-designed one-way attack drones, anti-ship cruise missiles, and anti-ship ballistic missiles were launched from Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen. Eighteen drones, two cruise missiles, and one ballistic missile were shot down by F/A-18 warplanes from the USS Dwight D Eisenhower and four destroyers. No injuries or damage were reported.

The Houthi rebels have targeted a US ship supporting Israel, following an attack on a container ship. They will continue to prevent Israeli ships from navigating in the Red Sea until the Gaza aggression ends. UN Secretary General Guterres is concerned.

UK and allies have condemned illegal attacks on Houthi ships in the Red Sea, warning them of consequences if continued. The UK, US, Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Korea, and Singapore launched “Operation Prosperity Guardian” last month to protect shipping.

US Secretary of State John Kerry has warned the Houthis in Yemen to cease their aggression, despite the Houthis claiming they are targeting US ships. The Red Sea, which passes 15% of global seaborne trade, is feared to be damaged, and 20% of container ships are now avoiding the route around Africa.