British warship repels 'largest Houthi attack to date' in the Red Sea

Western allies warn of military response to Iranian-backed Yemeni rebels if attacks on ships continue

HMS Diamond warship
The warship HMS Diamond is part of US-led patrols in the area, aiming to prevent disruption to global trade and supply lines
(Image credit: Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images)

A British warship has shot down seven drones in the "largest Houthi attack to date" in the Red Sea. 

Iranian-backed Houthi rebel fighters in Yemen deployed drones headed for HMS Diamond as well as commercial vessels on Tuesday night, said UK Defence Secretary Grant Shapps. A joint UK-US operation shot down at least 21 of the Iranian-produced, bomb-carrying drones and missiles. 

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