The search for two U.S. Navy SEALs who went missing off the coast of Somalia during a mission to intercept Iranian-made weapons bound for Houthi rebels in Yemen has been called off, according to U.S. Central Command. The SEALs were attempting to board a suspicious ship when high waves knocked one into the sea, prompting the second SEAL to jump in as per protocol. After a 10-day search covering over 21,000 square miles, both SEALs are now presumed deceased, and recovery operations are underway. Various U.S. and international platforms participated in the search, with condolences expressed for the loss of the two SEALs. The raid on January 11 marked the latest interception of weapon shipments to the rebels, posing a threat to trade routes in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden amid tensions over Israel’s conflict with Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The seized missile components were likely intended for use in attacks by the rebels. The names of the SEALs have not been disclosed pending family notifications.
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