Cargo Ships under attack in the Red Sea

The U.S. is blaming Iran for a series of missile attacks that were fired from Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen.
3:00 | 12/04/23

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I'M LINSEY DAVIS. TONIGHT, THERE ARE RENEWED FEARS TONIGHT, THERE ARE RENEWED FEARS THAT THE WAR BETWEEN ISRAEL AND THAT THE WAR BETWEEN ISRAEL AND HAMAS COULD EXPAND AFTER HAMAS COULD EXPAND AFTER MULTIPLE ATTACKS ON CARGO MULTIPLE ATTACKS ON CARGO VESSELS IN THE RED SEA. VESSELS IN THE RED SEA. THEY WERE IN THE VICINITY OF A THEY WERE IN THE VICINITY OF A U.S. NAVY DESTROYER. U.S. NAVY DESTROYER. U.S. OFFICIALS SAY THE ASSAULT U.S. OFFICIALS SAY THE ASSAULT BY YEMEN'S IRANI BACKED HOUTHI BY YEMEN'S IRANI BACKED HOUTHI REBELS LASTED FOR HOURS. REBELS LASTED FOR HOURS. THE USS CARNEY OPERATING IN THE USS CARNEY OPERATING IN INTERNATIONAL WATERS, ENGAGED INTERNATIONAL WATERS, ENGAGED AND SHOT DOWN SEVERAL DRONES AND SHOT DOWN SEVERAL DRONES TRAVELING IN ITS DIRECTION JUST TRAVELING IN ITS DIRECTION JUST WEEKS AFTER IT SHOT DOWN WEEKS AFTER IT SHOT DOWN MISSILES AND DRONES POTENTIALLY MISSILES AND DRONES POTENTIALLY HEADED TOWARD ISRAEL. HEADED TOWARD ISRAEL. THIS MAJOR ESCALATION COMES AS THIS MAJOR ESCALATION COMES AS ISRAEL SAID IT WAS EXPANDING ITS ISRAEL SAID IT WAS EXPANDING ITS GROUND OPERATIONS THROUGHOUT GROUND OPERATIONS THROUGHOUT GAZA. GAZA. THE DEATH TOLL NOW MORE THAN THE DEATH TOLL NOW MORE THAN 15,000, ACCORDING TO THE 15,000, ACCORDING TO THE HAMAS-RUN PALESTINIAN HEALTH HAMAS-RUN PALESTINIAN HEALTH MINISTRY. MINISTRY. AND AFTER SOME OF THE STRONGEST AND AFTER SOME OF THE STRONGEST CALLS YET FROM THE WHITE HOUSE CALLS YET FROM THE WHITE HOUSE FOR RESTRAINT BY ISRAEL, THE FOR RESTRAINT BY ISRAEL, THE VICE PRESIDENT SAYS TOO MANY VICE PRESIDENT SAYS TOO MANY INNOCENT PALESTINIANS HAVE BEEN INNOCENT PALESTINIANS HAVE BEEN KILLED. KILLED. WE HAVE TEAM REPORTING TONIGHT. WE HAVE TEAM REPORTING TONIGHT. TOM SOUFI BURRIDGE IS STANDING TOM SOUFI BURRIDGE IS STANDING BY IN ISRAEL. BY IN ISRAEL. BUT MARY ALICE PARKS LEADS US BUT MARY ALICE PARKS LEADS US OFF FROM THE WHITE HOUSE. OFF FROM THE WHITE HOUSE. >> Reporter: TONIGHT, A MAJOR >> Reporter: TONIGHT, A MAJOR ESCALATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST. ESCALATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST. THE U.S. POINTING THE FINGER THE U.S. POINTING THE FINGER DIRECTLY AT IRAN FOR A SERIES OF DIRECTLY AT IRAN FOR A SERIES OF MISSILE ATTACKS ON MULTIPLE MISSILE ATTACKS ON MULTIPLE VESSELS IN THE RED SEA AND VESSELS IN THE RED SEA AND DRONES FLYING TOWARDS A U.S. DRONES FLYING TOWARDS A U.S. WARSHIP. WARSHIP. OVER THE COURSE OF SIX HOURS, OVER THE COURSE OF SIX HOURS, THE USS CARNEY TOOK OUT THREE THE USS CARNEY TOOK OUT THREE DRONES, THE PENTAGON SAYS, DRONES, THE PENTAGON SAYS, ACTING IN SELF-DEFENSE. ACTING IN SELF-DEFENSE. THE DRONES FLYING OVERHEAD, THE DRONES FLYING OVERHEAD, RIGHT IN THE DIRECTION OF THE RIGHT IN THE DIRECTION OF THE AMERICAN WARSHIP AND OTHER AMERICAN WARSHIP AND OTHER VESSELS. VESSELS. THE HOSTILITIES BEGAN WHEN THE HOSTILITIES BEGAN WHEN SEVERAL COMMERCIAL SHIPS FELL SEVERAL COMMERCIAL SHIPS FELL UNDER ATTACK. UNDER ATTACK. BALLISTIC MISSILES FIRED FROM BALLISTIC MISSILES FIRED FROM HOUTHI-CONTROLLED AREAS OF YEMEN HOUTHI-CONTROLLED AREAS OF YEMEN HITTING THREE VESSELS IN BUSY HITTING THREE VESSELS IN BUSY SHIPPING LANES. SHIPPING LANES. THE USS CARNEY RESPONDING TO THE THE USS CARNEY RESPONDING TO THE DISTRESS CALLS, DEFENDING DISTRESS CALLS, DEFENDING CIVILIAN SHIPS, AND FINDING CIVILIAN SHIPS, AND FINDING DRONES OVERHEAD. DRONES OVERHEAD. THE DRONES WERE ALSO LAUNCHED THE DRONES WERE ALSO LAUNCHED FROM HOUTHI-CONTROLLED FROM HOUTHI-CONTROLLED TERRITORIES OF YEMEN. TERRITORIES OF YEMEN. THE HOUTHIS CLAIMING THEIR GOAL THE HOUTHIS CLAIMING THEIR GOAL WAS TO TARGET ISRAELI SHIPS. WAS TO TARGET ISRAELI SHIPS. A U.S. OFFICIAL TELLS ABC NEWS, A U.S. OFFICIAL TELLS ABC NEWS, SOME OF THE COMMERCIAL VESSELS SOME OF THE COMMERCIAL VESSELS MAY HAVE HAD CONNECTIONS TO MAY HAVE HAD CONNECTIONS TO ISRAEL. ISRAEL. NO ONE WAS REPORTED INJURED. NO ONE WAS REPORTED INJURED. IT'S THE LATEST ATTACK ON IT'S THE LATEST ATTACK ON COMMERCIAL SHIPPING BY THE COMMERCIAL SHIPPING BY THE HOUTHI REBELS. HOUTHI REBELS. LAST MONTH, THEY RELEASED VIDEO LAST MONTH, THEY RELEASED VIDEO SHOWING ARMED MEMBERS USING A SHOWING ARMED MEMBERS USING A HELICOPTER TO HIJACK A CARGO HELICOPTER TO HIJACK A CARGO SHIP. SHIP. THE CARNEY, ONE OF SEVERAL U.S. THE CARNEY, ONE OF SEVERAL U.S. WARSHIPS AND AIRCRAFT CARRIERS WARSHIPS AND AIRCRAFT CARRIERS SENT TO THE RED SEA AFTER THE SENT TO THE RED SEA AFTER THE OUTBREAK OF ISRAEL'S WAR WITH OUTBREAK OF ISRAEL'S WAR WITH HAMAS. HAMAS. >> THE U.S. IS BEING VERY >> THE U.S. IS BEING VERY CAREFUL NOT TO TURN THE RED SEA CAREFUL NOT TO TURN THE RED SEA INTO A SHOOTING GALLERY. INTO A SHOOTING GALLERY. >> Reporter: THE HOUTHIS CLAIM >> Reporter: THE HOUTHIS CLAIM THIS UNVERIFIED VIDEO SHOWS THEM THIS UNVERIFIED VIDEO SHOWS THEM SHOOTING DOWN A U.S. REAPER SHOOTING DOWN A U.S. REAPER DRONE LAST MONTH. DRONE LAST MONTH. AND IN LATE OCTOBER, THE CARNEY AND IN LATE OCTOBER, THE CARNEY ALREADY INTERCEPTING FOUR ALREADY INTERCEPTING FOUR MISSILES AND 15 DRONES HEADED MISSILES AND 15 DRONES HEADED FROM HOUTHI-CONTROLLED FROM HOUTHI-CONTROLLED TERRITORIES TOWARDS TARGETS IN TERRITORIES TOWARDS TARGETS IN ISRAEL. ISRAEL. >> MARY ALICE JOINS US NOW FROM >> MARY ALICE JOINS US NOW FROM THE WHITE HOUSE. THE WHITE HOUSE. MARY ALICE, WHAT ARE YOU HEARING MARY ALICE, WHAT ARE YOU HEARING FROM YOUR SOURCES ABOUT HOW THE FROM YOUR SOURCES ABOUT HOW THE U.S. MIGHT RESPOND? U.S. MIGHT RESPOND? >> Reporter: LINSEY, THE >> Reporter: LINSEY, THE PENTAGON PUT OUT A FORMAL PENTAGON PUT OUT A FORMAL STATEMENT SAYING IT WOULD STATEMENT SAYING IT WOULD CONSIDER ALL APPROPRIATE CONSIDER ALL APPROPRIATE RESPONSES IN COORDINATION WITH RESPONSES IN COORDINATION WITH ALLIES AND PARTNERS. ALLIES AND PARTNERS. SEVERAL COUNTRIES HAD CIVILIANS SEVERAL COUNTRIES HAD CIVILIANS WHO WERE UNDER ATTACK TODAY, BUT WHO WERE UNDER ATTACK TODAY, BUT THIS IS DELICATE. THIS IS DELICATE. THE U.S. IS TRYING TO PROTECT THE U.S. IS TRYING TO PROTECT THIS AREA. THIS AREA. THEY WILL FEEL THE NEED TO HIT THEY WILL FEEL THE NEED TO HIT SOME HOUTHI TARGETS. SOME HOUTHI TARGETS. BUT OF COURSE THEY ARE T

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