In a recent incident in the Red Sea, the US Navy responded to an attempted hijacking by Houthi rebels from Yemen. Four Houthi-controlled boats approached the Maersk Hangzhou, a container ship, firing on it and attempting to board. US Navy helicopters from nearby warships intervened in response to a distress call and sank three of the Houthi boats in self-defense, resulting in the death of their crews, while the fourth boat fled. The Houthi rebels have been targeting ships in the Red Sea since November, primarily launching drone and missile attacks in response to perceived links with Israel. The attacks have led shipping companies to divert their vessels, potentially impacting global trade, and the US has initiated a maritime taskforce to counter these threats.
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