NEW: US Navy Shoots Down Enemy Missiles (video)

( – In a show of American military power, the U.S. Navy has shot down enemy missiles rocketing across the Red Sea.

According to Pentagon officials, a U.S. Navy destroyer successfully intercepted three missiles launched by the Houthis, a group with ties to Iran based in Yemen. These missiles were potentially aimed at locations in Israel.

Pentagon Press Secretary and Air Force Brigadier General Pat Ryder provided details during a press briefing, stating, “We cannot say for certain what they were targeting, but they were launched from Yemen, heading north along the Red Sea, potentially toward targets in Israel.” In addition to the missiles, Ryder confirmed that the Navy destroyer intercepted about eight drones.

The unfolding situation coincided with an alert from the U.S. State Department. The department cautioned U.S. citizens to be especially careful when overseas, pointing to heightened tensions globally. The warning emphasized, “Due to increased tensions in various locations around the world, the potential for terrorist attacks, demonstrations or violent actions against U.S. citizens and interests, the Department of State advises U.S. citizens overseas to exercise increased caution.”

As a precaution, the department advised Americans traveling or residing abroad to be vigilant, especially in crowded tourist spots. Following the State Department on social media platforms and enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program was also recommended. This program forwards alerts and can assist in locating individuals during emergencies.

In a more specific advisory, Americans in Lebanon were urged to plan their departure from the country at their earliest convenience, emphasizing the use of commercial means while they’re available. This guidance is an escalation from prior warnings, which simply advised against traveling to Lebanon. Furthermore, Americans were advised to have departure plans that didn’t depend on U.S. government assistance.

The broader geopolitical context includes recent hostilities involving Israel and Hamas. Israel declared war on Hamas earlier this month after the group initiated an unexpected attack on October 7.

This assault resulted in the tragic loss of over 1,400 lives. Israel’s military forces have carried out airstrikes in response, dropping over 6,000 bombs on Gaza. As of now, Israel hasn’t commenced a ground invasion in Gaza, but there are indications of preparations as a large number of reservists have been summoned, and active-duty troops are gathering at the Gaza border.