FACT CHECK: Does This Video Show A Recent Attack On U.S. Navy Vessel?

Joseph Casieri | Fact Check Reporter

A video shared on social media purportedly shows a recent drone attack on a U.S. Navy ship that occurred in the Red Sea.

Verdict: False

The claim is inaccurate. The video predates the current conflict in the Middle East.

Fact Check:

The U.S. Military has announced that they will be sending aircraft carriers and additional missile defense systems to protect U.S. forces amid reports that Iranian linked groups have launched attacks on American ships the coast of Yemen, ABC News reports.

The Twitter post purports to show a video of a ship being struck by a missile. The caption reads, “US Navy destroyer USS Carney allegedly attacked by drones in the Red Sea off the coast of Yemen. This would be another step closer towards WWIII.”

The caption is inaccurate. There is no credible news report that suggests this video was taken recently or is related to the recent conflict in the Middle East. The video was uploaded to YouTube by Euronews in 2017. The report claims that the ship was a Saudi vessel that was attacked off the coast of Yemen by Houthi rebel forces.

Two crew members were killed and another three were injured when the ship was attacked, according to Reuters. The incident occured between backers of Yemen’s officially recognized government and Iran-backed Houthi rebels, the out reported.

The U.S. Navy vessels near Yemen have intercepted projectiles off the coast of Yemen. CNN reports that some officials have indicated that the attack may have come for Iranian-backed Houthis. However, the video in the post predates these reports. (RELATED: Does Video Show Recent Arrests Of Pro-Palestine Jews In Israel?)

This is not the first piece of misinformation surrounding the Israeli-Hamas conflict that has been shared online. Check Your Fact debunked a claim that student protesters at the University of Pennsylvania chanted “we want Jewish genocide.”

Joseph Casieri

Fact Check Reporter