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British Army troopers are on a secret mission within the Middle East to guard folks in opposition to lethal assaults from thhe Iran-backed Houthi rebels. The troops are from the Royal Artillery Regiment and are working 24 hours a day to forestall drone assaults from the Yemen-based forces.

The Mirror studies that missile specialists are working as a part of Operation Crossways amid ongoing fear over a large-scale battle beginning within the area. The Houthis are combating Saudi Arabia and have attacked ships from the West after saying Israel as their enemy.

The UK has despatched navy ships to the Red Sea to protect in opposition to Houthi missile and drone strikes on boats. But sending common troopers to shoot down Houthi missiles was saved quiet, discovered solely on the 12 Regiment Royal Artillery web site, and is “highly sensitive,” sources say.

Operation Crossways was at first only a coaching mission in Saudi Arabia however received consideration for serving to native forces who had been mentioned to be committing atrocities in Yemen. Now, with the Houthis planning assaults on Saudi cities, threatening Israel, and hitting Western ships within the Red Sea, the Saudis are extra alert. This deployment by the 12 Royal Artillery is not listed on the British Army’s foremost web site for abroad missions.

The regimental web site merely states: “Operation Crossways – Saudi Arabia – deployed with high-velocity missile self propelled HVM SP to defend our allies from modern attack UAVs.” British and American officers try to calm the Middle East battle, whereas feeling compelled to guard Arab allies.

This motion comes after fears that Yemeni rebels may assault the Saudi Arabian capital metropolis of Riyadh, doubtlessly escalating the Middle East battle and drawing the UK and US into a bigger battle. It’s thought that common gunners from the Royal Artillery Regiment have been stationed exterior the town.

Based in Hampshire, they seem to be a extremely specialised air defence unit armed with superior missiles able to intercepting quick drones. The Starstreak SP HVM has warheads prepared to fireside and is supplied with a roof-mounted air defence alerting system to detect any drone menace. Why the deployment was introduced on-line by the unit stays unclear.

A senior army supply mentioned: “Until now this has been kept very quiet as it is politically and potentially explosive – people will automatically think the UK is getting in a wider conflict. These troops are being used in defensive role and if they stop UAV attacks on Saudi soil then we can reduce the chance of the war escalating further across the Middle East.”

After current US and UK airstrikes, assaults on ships within the Red Sea have decreased. But Houthi leaders say they’re going to hold attacking till Israel stops combating in Gaza. The UK-made missile system that is confirmed helpful in Ukraine was the primary to shoot down Russia’s KA-52 helicopter, which President Vladimit Putin mentioned could not be destroyed.

The Moscow-made helicopter is nicknamed “alligator” and prices about £10 million. Now, Israel is preparing for a giant assault on Rafah, in southern Gaza, the place over 1,000,000 Palestinians dwell.

Last night time, it was mentioned that for the reason that October 7 Hamas assaults on Israel, which began the battle in Gaza, as much as 7,000 Palestinians have been taken hostage within the West Bank. In the final day, one other 133 Palestinians had been killed in Gaza, with 162 damage, and the quantity of people that died attempting to avoid wasting hostages in Israel went as much as 74.